Until the afternoon of December 7th the balance of power widely favored the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, in the struggle to ensure a democratic outcome for the electoral and political crisis triggered by the fraud of November 26-27.
The observer missions from the Organization of American States (OAS), and the European Union (UE), at least until December 7th, went from mere observers to guarantors in the efforts towards transparent results. The missions exercised a veto over the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) by preventing them from making an official declaration about which candidate won the elections. This is due to the fact that these observer missions had detected inconsistencies and “systemic” irregularities before, during and after the elections, concluding that it was impossible to determine which candidate won the elections.
The two international missions provided a number of recommendations which request the following points:
A lawyer for President Trump's transition team said Saturday that Robert Mueller's special counsel office obtained tens of thousands of emails from the Trump transition organization illegally, Reuters reports.
Kory Langhofer, counsel to Trump for America (TFA), wrote a letter to several congressional committees claiming that Mueller's team improperly obtained thousands of emails from the General Services Administration (GSA), where the Trump transition team housed its staffers during the transition.
Langhofer's letter accuses the GSA of “unlawfully produc[ing] TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office,” according to Reuters.
The illegally obtained documents include “tens of thousands of emails," the letter adds.
The move from Mueller's team to obtain the emails from the GSA stymied efforts from transition officials, who were prepared for Mueller's request for the emails and had separated messages they believed contained privileged information. Mueller now has access to all of them.
Langhofer's letter, which was sent to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calls on the committees "to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives.” Mueller's investigation entered a new phase earlier this month when former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
In a statement, the former Trump aide pledged to cooperate fully with the investigation, which has also ensnared other campaign officials including Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is facing new problems as multiple intelligence agency whistleblowers and former underlings accuse him of overseeing and covering up massive off-the-books surveillance activities during his tenure as director of the FBI.
A former FBI special agent accuses Mueller of lying to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the scope of his surveillance programs. Another NSA and CIA whistleblower accuses Mueller of overseeing a secretive program that surveilled President Donald Trump while Trump was a private citizen — an accusation that is already being heard in court. Another whistleblower claims that former FBI agents would testify with documentation that Mueller stifled their investigations into certain terrorist networks. These accusations could form the basis of a congressional investigation, or could be used by insiders close to the president as leverage in the Russia collusion case dominating Washington discourse.
Former Mueller employee Chuck Marler told Big League Politics in an exclusive statement that Mueller lied to the Senate, informing the Intelligence Committee that his surveillance programs were smaller and less wide-ranging than they really were. Mueller’s lies blocked Senate oversight of his work and allowed him to expand surveillance programs that concerned officials in his own Bureau. FBI agents who complained were punished and threatened with arrest.
Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom called disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok a “total moron” who belongs in Leavenworth federal prison, during a TV appearance on Thursday.
Kallstrom, a former Marine captain and Vietnam veteran, told FBN host Liz MacDonald that if an FBI agent wanted to stop someone from becoming President, “I think he can do what [Strzok] tried to do,” adding “He can fabricate things, he can make stuff up, he can lie, he can be a total moron.” “You know, he belongs in Leavenworth this guy, in my personal view.” Kallstrom’s comments come after two weeks of stunning revelations about the FBI’s top brass actively engaging in an effort to help then-candidate Hillary Clinton by “decriminalizing” her actions in the email case, while pursuing a case against then-candidate Donald Trump – using a discredited 34-page ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier to launch an investigation, according to several GOP members of Congress.
Kory Langhofer, the counsel to the Trump for America transition team, wrote in a letter to Congress that Mueller
Kory Langhofer, the counsel to the Trump for America transition team, wrote in a letter to Congress that Mueller "extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A lawyer for President Trump's transition team said that special counsel Robert Mueller obtaining emails related to the transition was inappropriate, both on Mueller's behalf and the agency that provided them.
Fox News reported Saturday that Kory Langhofer, the counsel to the Trump for America transition team, wrote in a letter to Congress that Mueller “extensively used the materials in question, including portions that are susceptible to claims of privilege.” AD
Mueller's team, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, reportedly obtained thousands of emails from transition team officials and has been using them to question the officials and build new leads in his probe, which is also looking at alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.
The General Services Administration agency, which acted as the email server for the transition team, reportedly provided the emails to Mueller's team.
Langhofer alleges that the agency engaged in "unlawful conduct" by providing the emails, according to Fox.