Saturday, January 19, 2019

Trump says he'll make a 'major announcement' about the government shutdown on Saturday

Business Insider           DAVID CHOI           Jan 18th 2019 
President Donald Trump said he will make a "major announcement" regarding the US-Mexico border on Saturday afternoon.

The scheduled announcement will be held as the partial government shutdown nears the one-month mark.
Trump continues to face opposition against his plan to fund a barrier along part of the US-Mexico border by Democrats and some Republican lawmakers, culminating in the government shutdown that has affected about 800,000 federal and contract employees.

As the US government nears the one-month mark in partial shutdown mode, President Donald Trump said he would make a "major announcement" regarding the US-Mexico border on Saturday.

"I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the [White House]," Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon.

Trump continues to face opposition against funding for a barrier along part of the US-Mexico border by Democrats and some Republican lawmakers. The debates culminated into the ongoing government shutdown that has affected around 800,000 federal and contracted employees.

But the feud between Trump and Congress escalated this week, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested he reschedule his State of the Union address due to security concerns. The next day, Trump canceled a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan, which  Pelosi and other lawmakers were scheduled to attend. The military aircraft reserved for the lawmakers was pulled around an hour before they were scheduled to depart.

Trump has previously said he was considering declaring a national emergency to secure the over $5 billion for his border barrier, despite concerns from some Republicans. Critics have argued that Trump's characterization of a "crisis" at the border, including illegal immigration and crime rates, have been greatly exaggerated.

Trump's Republican colleagues have worried that a national-emergency declaration designed just to get Trump his desired border wall could set a troubling precedent that might affect disputes between Congress and future presidents.

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Democrats are calling for Trump's impeachment after bombshell report alleging he instructed Cohen to lie to Congress 
Melania Trump reportedly took a military plane to Florida, hours after Trump canceled Nancy Pelosi's flight because of the shutdown 
Ann Coulter doubles down: Trump will be 'dead in the water' if he doesn't build the wall
Stay tune  : As The Stomach Turns"
Thanx  David  Choi
Lets hear from Witchy 
This is what  Trump will announce. "I'm happy to announce that "I" am issuing an order to open up the government, no thanks to Nancy Pelosi and the democrats I might add, so that our great American federal workers can return to work by Tuesday so they can start getting paid again. We all want to earn a paycheck am I right??. I'm asking for all offices to open immediately so we can get our workers back to work. If the Democrats will not help our American citizens in need, then I'll do it to make sure our citizens are no longer struggling to live. Oh and I am great, I am the word, over and out".  Well he'll say something close to that anyway.
The Trumps have got to be the worse people who ever lived in the White House!  People are not getting paid for their work, no money for food and utilities, the House Majority Leader, cannot get a government plane to go to the war zone and see our troops--yet--the First Lady Melania, can get a government plane to fly her to Florida for the warm weather!  Unbelievable!  What will it take to get the low class, greedy, selfish Trumps out of our White House and back to where they belong!
This CON MAN is trying his best to DISTRACT, DEFLECT, DETRACT from the Muller probe and the report that is soon to be published. He is doing it at the EXPENSE & COST of over 800,000 hard working American workers & their families. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE WALL. IT'S ALL ABOUT HIS IMPENDING INDICTMENT & POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT that his is PETRIFIED & SCARED STIFF.

Mrs. Pelosi, there are reports that you have increased your offer for border security, I presume this responds to some backroom deal to get the Government reopened.   Now Mr. Trump says that he will make a big announcement tomorrow about the shutdown so it seems it is not a coincidence.   Trump owns this shutdown and the people know that him and the Republicans are solely responsible; there is no need to offer additional funds, there is also no need to consider a short term reopening.   He is digging his own grave and the public sentiment is turning frenetic.  There is no need to help him out.   We have demanded and insist that he be indicted with impeachment charges.   We feel that we  have a clear conscience in this shutdown and there is no need to try and appease this President.  Mrs. Pelosi, do not sell us out.
Nuff said   HeHe

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ex-Trump lawyer: Rigging polls 'was at the direction of' Trump

                                       Michael Cohen
THOMSON REUTERS               Jan 17th 2019 
WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he paid a firm to manipulate online polling data "at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had paid the data firm Redfinch Solutions to manipulate two public opinion polls in favor of Trump before the 2016 presidential campaign.

"As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging," Cohen said on Twitter on Thursday, "what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it."

The attempts to influence the polls ultimately proved largely unsuccessful but does shed a light on the tactics of the Trump campaign and Cohen's role within it. On the campaign trail, Trump frequently referred to his polling numbers to help fuel his candidacy.

Last month Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia

The Journal said Cohen commissioned John Gauger, who runs RedFinch Solutions, to write a computer script to repeatedly vote for Trump in a February 2015 Drudge Report poll on potential Republican candidates. The move came as Trump was preparing to enter the 2016 presidential election race, the newspaper reported.

Trump ranked fifth in the Drudge Report poll, with about 24,000 votes or 5 percent of the total, according to the Journal .

Cohen also commissioned Gauger to do the same for a 2014 CNBC online poll identifying the country's top business leaders, although Trump was unable to break the top 100 candidates, the Journal reported.

"The president has no knowledge of the polls being rigged," Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in an interview with Reuters. RedFinch Solutions did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 
Reporting by Makini Brice and Tim Ahmann; Additional reporting by Karen Freifeld and Nathan Layne; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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Witchy's opinion :
The FBI seized all of Cohen's records and are in possession of that hard evidence.  Cohen was caught lying 'ON BEHALF' of trump. He has now agreed to cooperate and tell the truth which MUST be backed up by hard evidence.  'NO ONE' is just taking his "word" for anything. He stands to lose a lot if he is caught lying  , that's why trump was very upset that the FBI broke into his attorney's office. 
I hope he 'NEVER' stops tweeting.  He's so ridiculous and he just keeps digging himself deeper.  I honestly think he doesn't understand that every one of his tweets are official Presidential record.  Please, don't take his phone away.  It's hilarious. Trump is going down in flames along with his cult.  Expect criminal indictments and treason charges against the orange tyrant.  Putin is going to be very unhappy. Everybody knew that Trump rigged Primaries and General Election.

Nixon got away by resigning but most of the Trump family members are headed for prison . He's not man enough to admit when he's beaten. He's wrong on so many levels, but his ego can't accept the facts.
Trump will not survive 2019. The republicans are facing a daily onslaught of criminal and unethical behavior being exposed about Trump and his administration/election campaign.

Hey Rudy, how far you gonna ride the "he had no knowledge" defense. He either knew all (like I believe) or he is the most incompetent manager of a team I ever heard of. In either case, he shouldn't be President.  I've pointed out all along, everything Trump accuses his opponents of doing is what he himself has been doing all along just to take attention away from himself. He cries "FAKE NEWS" when he is the one lying. He declares "rigged election" when his campaign was working with Russia to impact the results. He spouts "fake polls" when... you guessed it... he was the one rigging the polls. I could go on, but why bother? 

Trump is a fraud and a disgrace.
Its going to take a lot of bleach to scrub the dirty, orange stain this "man" has left in the white house.

back soon with another  istallment  of As The Stomach  Turns  about the  Orange Monkey im the  White House .... HeHe

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Theresa May's Brexit deal Rejected by record vote

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After a marathon debate, where tempers frayed and emotions ran high, the prime minister's Brexit deal was backed by 202 MPs but 432 voted against it. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.The deal sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election. The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 1900 GMT on Wednesday.
The defeat is a huge blow for Mrs May, who has spent more than two years hammering out a deal with the EU.

The plan was aimed at bringing about an orderly departure from the EU on 29 March, and setting up a 21-month transition period to negotiate a free trade deal. The vote was originally due to take place in December, but Mrs May delayed it to try and win the support of more MPs.
The UK is still on course to leave on 29 March but the defeat throws the manner of that departure - and the timing of it - into further turmoil.

MPs who want either a further referendum, a softer version of the Brexit proposed by Mrs May, to stop Brexit altogether or to leave without a deal, will ramp up their efforts to get what they want, as a weakened PM offered to listen to their arguments.
History was made tonight with the scale of this defeat - a higher figure than the wildest of numbers that were  guessed at before the vote.

But the prime minister's dilemma is a more serious version of the same it's always been. She has no majority of her own in Parliament to make her moderate way through stick. And her many critics don't agree on the direction she should take - a more dramatic break with the EU, or a tighter, softer version.
Those two fundamental and clashing positions have always threatened to pull her and the government apart.
Theresa May was accused fudging the statistics she used to support her argument during Prime Minister's Questions
The Brexit debate has cut across traditional party lines.

Some 118 Conservative MPs - from both the Leave and Remain wings of her party - voted with the opposition parties against Mrs May's deal. And three Labour MPs supported the prime minister's deal: Ian Austin, Kevin Barron, and John Mann
The most controversial sticking point was the issue of the Northern Irish backstop - the fallback plan to avoid any return to physical border checks between the country and Ireland.

Mrs May had hoped new assurances from EU leaders this week, saying the backstop would be temporary and, if triggered, would last for "the shortest possible period", would help her garner more support.  But in the debate leading up to the vote, members from all sides of the House said the move did not go far enough.

In normal times, such a crushing defeat on a key piece of government legislation would be expected to be followed by a prime ministerial resignation. But Mrs May signalled her intention to carry on in a statement immediately after the vote.
"The House has spoken and this government will listen," she told MPs.
She offered cross-party talks to determine a way forward on Brexit, if she succeeded in winning the confidence vote.
 May reacts after her Brexit Plan is crushed by an overwhelming vote
Former foreign secretary and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson said it was a "bigger defeat than people have been expecting" - and it meant Mrs May's deal was now "dead".
But he said it gave the prime minister a "massive mandate to go back to Brussels" to negotiate a better deal, without the controversial Northern Ireland backstop. And he said he would back Mrs May in Wednesday's confidence vote

Labour MP Chuka Umunna said that if his leader did not secure a general election, Mr Corbyn should do what the "overwhelming majority" of Labour members want and get behind a further EU referendum.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, who also wants a second referendum, said Mrs May's defeat was "the beginning of the end of Brexit" - but conceded that campaigners would not get one without Mr Corbyn's backing.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Mrs May had suffered "a defeat of historic proportions" and called again for the Article 50 "clock to be stopped" in order for another referendum to take place.
"We have reached the point now where it would be unconscionable to kick the can any further down the road," she said.

However, government minister Rory Stewart said there was no majority in the Commons for any Brexit plan, including another referendum 
How a confidence motion works
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011, UK general elections are only supposed to happen every five years. The next one is due in 2022.
But a vote of no confidence lets MPs decide on whether they want the government to continue. The motion must be worded: "That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government."

If a majority of MPs vote for the motion then it starts a 14-day countdown. If during that time the current government, or any other alternative government cannot win a new vote of confidence, then an early general election would be called. That election cannot happen for at least 25 working days.

MPs are set to debate Labour's no confidence motion for about six hours following Prime Minister's Questions at 1200.  Mr Corbyn said it would allow the House of Commons to "give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government". But DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party, which keeps Mrs May in power, would be supporting her in Wednesday's confidence vote. She said that MPs had "acted in the best interests of the entire United Kingdom" by voting down the deal.
But she added: "We will give the government the space to set out a plan to secure a better deal.''
In her statement to MPs, Mrs May said she planned to return to the Commons next Monday with an alternative plan - if she survives the confidence vote.
She said she would explore any ideas from cross-party talks with the EU, but she remained committed to delivering on the result of the 2016 referendum.

But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the risk of a disorderly Brexit had increased as a result of the deal being voted down.
He said the agreement was "the only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal" and that he and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, had "demonstrated goodwill" with additional clarifications this week to put MPs minds at rest.
"I urge the United Kingdom to clarify its intentions as soon as possible," he said. "Time is almost up."
Mr Tusk said he regretted the outcome of the vote and later tweeted to ask "who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?"

Donald Tusk
✔ @eucopresident 

If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?
End of Twitter post by @eucopresident

A statement from the Irish government also said it regretted the decision and that it "continues to believe that ratification of this agreement is the best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the UK".
It also said it will "continue to intensify preparations" for a no deal Brexit.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was potential threat to national security

Thomson Reuters ·

The New York Times reported that the FBI launched a probe days after U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, and said the agency's counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether Trump's actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

U.S. President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he "currently is or has ever worked for Russia" after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behaviour after he fired FBI director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.
Trump said it was the "most insulting" question he'd ever been asked, as he spoke to Fox News interviewer Jeanine Pirro, a personal friend, on Saturday night about a New York Times article published on Friday.
He never answered Pirro directly about working "for Russia," but went on to assert that no president has taken a harder stance against Russia than he has.
"I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked," Trump said. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you'll see that they found absolutely nothing."
"If you ask the folks in Russia, I've been tougher on Russia than anybody else, any other ... probably any other president, period, but certainly the last three or four presidents," he said.
Concerns reportedly led to investigation
A second prominent newspaper, the Washington Post, is also reporting that Trump had dealings with the Kremlin that raised suspicions. Both cite unidentified former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the allegations.
In a Post article published Sunday, the paper reported that Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to keep the details about his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin under wraps.
The Post said Trump "took possession of the notes of his own interpreter" after meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

The Times reported on Friday that Trump was investigated after he fired Comey. Agents allegedly feared Trump was acting in the interests of Russia, and against the United States, in the early months of his presidency, and that gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin an investigation.
Slow to implement sanctions, Democrat says
Trump's claim that he's been tougher on Russia than any recent president was disputed by the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin meet during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. The Washington Post has reported that Trump kept details of their conversation under wraps
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says he'll force a vote in the coming days on the Treasury Department's decision to ease sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, but didn't open an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive probe.
Mark Warner said almost all the sanctions on Russia arose not in the White House but in Congress, due to concerns by members of both parties about Moscow's actions. Warner accused the White House of being very slow to put in place the penalties.

In the inquiry, counterintelligence investigators sought to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russia or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow. Trump's behaviour in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the probe, according to the newspaper.
Trump tweeted early Saturday that the report showed that the FBI leadership "opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof" after he had fired Comey.

Donald J. Trump         @realDonaldTrump

Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing. The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign co-ordinated with the Russians, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, said the report "may well suggest what it was that helped start this investigation in the first place."
He and other Democratic senators said this report and others within the past week questioning Trump's behaviour toward Russia give new urgency to the need for the Mueller investigation to be allowed to run its course.

House judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said his panel 'will take steps to better understand' Donald Trump's dealings with Russia in the first year of his presidency and the FBI's response to his behaviour. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, indicating apparently "they found nothing."
Trump has also repeatedly and vociferously denied collusion with the Russians.
Warner spoke Sunday on CNN's State of the Union and Coons on Fox News Sunday.
Warner weighed in on the Trump-Putin summit last year in Helsinki, Finland, telling CNN, "The American government does not know what was discussed between Trump and Vladimir Putin in that frankly pathetic, embarrassing encounter where Trump was kowtowing on the world stage to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki."

Friday, January 11, 2019

Thousands Of Federal Workers Just Missed Their First Paycheck

 HUFFPOST   NICK VISSER             Jan 11th 2019
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have missed their first paycheck of the year due to the ongoing partial government shutdown as President Donald Trump remains no closer to ending a stalemate over his border wall with Democrats.

Pay for about 800,000 government employees lapsed nearly three weeks ago, and Friday marks the first wave of missed paychecks. Operations at nine departments, including Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, have been affected.

The government shutdown began Dec. 22 and is now the second-longest ever. Because of the lapse in funding for roughly a quarter of the government, about 380,000 workers have been furloughed and sent home while 420,000 continue to work as “essential” employees but without pay. Many of the essential workers are law enforcement personnel in the Department of Homeland Security, including Border Patrol and Transportation Security Administration agents.

Many stories of federal workers anxious about paying their bills have emerged, even as thousands of employees have continued to work without any guarantee they’ll be compensated after the shutdown ends.

“Morale is, I believe, close to rock bottom, and I think things will start getting really bad if this isn’t fixed by this weekend,” a TSA officer who last received a paycheck on Dec. 28 told HuffPost’s Nick Robins-Early.

Congress would have to pass a law granting those workers backpay once the government reopens, as it has after previous shutdowns. Many workers received their last paycheck shortly before the new year and now may have to rely on savings, loans, credit or unemployment benefits to cover their bills.

The impasse is the result of Trump’s demand that Congress sign off on more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border, a structure he originally said Mexico would pay for. He has not budged on his request, and Democratic leaders have refused to give in, describing the wall as wasteful and foolhardy. The White House is now flirting with declaring a national emergency in order to secure the funding.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Trump was holding the federal government “hostage.”

“Over 200,000 employees at DHS ― charged with protecting our skies, waterways, and borders ― will also not be paid while still working,” Thompson said in a statement. “Because of the President’s childish behavior, families will face difficulties paying rent, keeping the lights on, and putting food on the dinner table. He should not be treating them like pawns in his pathetic pursuit to fulfill an absurd campaign promise.”

The White House has also felt the effects of the shutdown, with only 156 employees deemed essential out of 359. 

Efforts to reopen the government have largely floundered since the start of the year, and the shutdown is on track to become the longest since the 1970s if it isn’t resolved by Saturday. The president reportedly stormed out of a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Wednesday after being told they would not give in to his demands, slamming his hands on a table and saying, “Bye-bye.”

The Democratic leaders have criticized the president’s behavior, equating it to a temper tantrum.

“It wasn’t even a high-stakes negotiation,” Pelosi said Wednesday. “It was a petulant president of the United States.”

Trump is getting more comfortable with the prospect of securing wall funding through a national emergency declaration. Severalmedia reports noted the president has been eyeing billions of dollars in disaster recovery and military construction funding from the Defense Department to build the wall, and a source told The Washington Post that Trump would like to begin work on the wall within the next 45 days.

Title 10 of the U.S. Code allows the use of such unspent money in the case of a national emergency.

The president, in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity during a visit to the southern border on Thursday, said that if he can’t make a deal with Congress, he’ll “most likely” seek to declare a national emergency.

“The law is 100 percent on my side,” Trump said. “I mean we have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, and this is security stuff. This is a national emergency.”

Friday, January 04, 2019

Trump says Democrats' impeachment talk is 2020 ploy

The Associated Press           Jan 4th 2019 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pushed back Friday against some Democrats' calls to impeach him, saying they're only seeking impeachment because they know they can't win the White House in 2020.

"How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong" and has had the "most successful two years of any president," Trump tweeted. He said he's "the most popular Republican in party history."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been cautious about whether her new Democratic majority would ever impeach Trump, but at least two of her members are ready to move forward. California Rep. Brad Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against Trump on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress.

Sherman and Green pushed to impeach Trump in 2017 and 2018 but the House blocked those resolutions twice, with the help of Democrats who said the effort was premature. Pelosi hasn't ruled out impeachment but has called it a "divisive activity" that needs support from both parties.

She and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., have said they want to wait for the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign.

Trump said his campaign did not collude with Russia.

"They only want to impeach me because they know they can't win in 2020, too much success!" Trump tweeted.

Witchy's opinion :
Perhaps we could impeach him for "excessive arrogance, ego, and delusion."  Mueller has property records, bank records, tax records, phone records, audio, video, tweets, speeches, emails, photos and witness testimony, just to name a few.
Trump has Rudy and denial.
Any questions????   " Trump tweeted. He said he's "the most popular Republican in party history.  Classic narcissistic personality disorder.   Trump, the Traitor-in-Chief, must be impeached because he's a Kremlin asset planted in the White House.
He's also a racketeer, has committed conspiracy with criminal intent, money launderer, perjurer, tax evader, and witness tamperer. He's the head of the Trump Crime family and will either spend the rest of his life in federal prison or face capital punishment for his treason.   
Mueller will be finished with his investigation when every single last co-conspirator, including Donny (the donkey) Junior, is indicted and charged with various crimes including Crimes Against the United States, plus much more.  He has tons of evidence, but the whole investigation showed up so many more leads to follow than previously imagined.  Remember, already around 33 indicted, several big guilty plea bargains, plus a few in jail, including Russian Maria Butina who was one of the links between the Kremlin and the GOP/NRA.  Mueller is just now getting into high gear!   No Orange Monkey , they want to impeach you because you're a monster in human skin. The absolute worst president we've ever had. A stain upon humanity itself. 
Time for this fat toad to hop back to his swamp.    Trump  will self destruct. Have patience . HeHe
Stay tune ..."As The Stomach Turns"

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Thirteen Canadians detained in China since Huawei executive’s arrest, says Ottawa


Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since the high-profile arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, Ottawa says.
Global Affairs Canada spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said in a statement to The Globe and Mail that the government is aware that 13 Canadians have been detained in China, excluding Hong Kong, since Dec. 1, 2018. Previously, only Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver were publicly known to have been detained in China since Canada arrested Ms. Meng, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. They were taken into custody after China promised retaliation for Ms. Meng’s arrest.
Mr. Bérubé said in the statement that at least eight of the 13 have been released. Global Affairs Canada did not disclose the identities of the other 10 Canadians.
The federal government has not linked any of the detentions with Ms. Meng’s arrest, although it has demanded the “immediate release” of Mr. Spavor and Mr. Kovrig.
Meanwhile, China’s prosecutor-general, Zhang Jun, said at a briefing in Beijing on Thursday that Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, who are accused of endangering national security, had “without a doubt” violated the law.
Ms. McIver, who was teaching English in China when she was detained in December, is among the eight who have been released. She has returned to Canada. Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor are still being held.
The 13 people include Mr. Kovrig, Mr. Spavor and Ms. McIver, said a government official who was not authorized to discuss individual cases.
At any given time, Canadians all over the world get in trouble with the law and may be arrested.
The government official said a total of about 200 Canadians are in some form of legal proceedings in China for a variety of alleged infractions, and many are out on bail or probation. The source said the number of detained Canadians has remained relatively stable, without a marked increase or decrease in recent years.
For comparison, the source said almost 900 Canadians are detained in the United States.
News of the 13 Canadian detentions came as the United States issued a new travel advisory for China on Thursday, warning its citizens they could be detained without charge if they go there. Although the U.S. travel advisory does not directly mention the Canadian cases, it warns Americans could be targeted in a similar way.
“U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to ‘state security,’ ” the travel advisory said.
It is the first time the United States has updated its travel advisory for China since January, 2018. Canada has not updated its travel advice for China since diplomatic tensions between the two countries began to escalate. Mr. Bérubé said the government urges Canadians to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling in China, noting that it constantly reviews its travel advice for all countries.
The Conservatives are urging the government to issue a new travel warning for China in light of the detentions on Dec. 10 of Mr. Kovrig, an analyst for the non-profit organization International Crisis Group, and Mr. Spavor, who owns an organization that brings visitors to North Korea.
Tory foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said he is concerned China is also using “administrative harassment” of Canadians, such as Ms. McIver, as retaliation. He said he is hearing from parents who are anxious about adult children teaching in China.
‘I’m a little concerned about what I see as a bit more security suspicion of westerners, than is usual.’ ” Mr. O’Toole said.
David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said detained Canadians will not get the same treatment they could expect at home.
“Foreigners who work in China notice this," he said. "It’s sending a chill through that broad community – diplomats, journalists, academics, [non-governmental organization] workers and business people – who try [to] understand and interpret China.”
At a news conference on Thursday, a spokesperson for the China’s foreign ministry said it was not “convenient” to discuss the charges against Mr. Spavor and Mr. Kovrig.
Mr. Spavor’s social-media accounts have shown brief glimmers of life in recent weeks, in what appears to be a digital glimpse into the invasive tactics of those investigating him. In the days after his detention, Facebook and the messaging app Viber recorded moments when Mr. Spavor’s accounts were momentarily online. His Instagram account has also shown signs of activity, reported NK News, a U.S. news site that covers North Korea.
Tensions between Canada and China have mounted since Dec. 1, when Ms. Meng, whose father is Huawei’s founder, was arrested in Vancouver in response to a request from the United States under an extradition treaty. She is accused of misleading multinational banks about Huawei’s control of a company operating in Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions and incurring penalties, according to court documents.
Ms. Meng is on bail awaiting an extradition hearing, and the Chinese have accused Canadian authorities of “kidnapping” her at the behest of the U.S. government.