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GOP threatens to subpoena DOJ for 1mn documents related to Clinton email probe

Bob Goodlatte House Judiciary Committee
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Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
Unhappy with the "very slow" ways of the Justice Department, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee want to subpoena it for one million missing documents related to the probe into Hillary Clinton's private emails.

The committee has received only a "tiny percentage" - about 3,000 of 1.2 million - of the documents they have requested, chairman of the committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on the 'Sunday Morning Futures' show.

"We need to have those documents," Goodlatte said. "We've had communications with the Department of Justice about this and they know that not just myself and Chairman [Trey] Gowdy, but many other members of the House are very concerned about the slow nature of those documents being produced. And as I say, actions are going to have to take a new level here very soon," he added.

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Light Sabers

Trump bans use of Venezuela's new oil-backed cryptocurrency as a 'scam directly supporting dictatorship'

Nicolas Maduro
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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
A new war of words has broken out between Washington and Caracas after President Donald Trump banned the use of the oil-backed cryptocurrency launched by Venezuela in a bid to undermine the dominance of the petro-dollar.

Trump signed an executive order late on Monday prohibiting trade in the Venezuelan government's newly-launched Petro cryptocurrency in the US. The order bans "all transactions related to, provision of financing for, and other dealings in, by a United States person or within the United States, any digital currency, digital coin, or digital token," issued by Venezuela's government since January 9, a White House statement said.

"The 'petro' is a desperate effort by a corrupt regime to defraud international investors," one senior administration official said. "Investing in the 'petro' should be viewed as directly supporting this dictatorship and its attempts to undermine the democratic order in Venezuela."

Bad Guys

'Any actions & tricks to split China are doomed to failure' - President Xi

Great Hall of the People Beijing
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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. March 20, 2018
Beijing has explicitly warned Taipei and Washington against stirring separatist sentiments, with President Xi stating that any violation of the One China policy will inevitably face condemnation and the "punishment of history."

"It is a shared aspiration of all Chinese people and in their basic interests to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize China's complete reunification," President Xi Jinping said during a speech at China's annual session of parliament. "Any actions and tricks to split China are doomed to failure and will meet with the people's condemnation and the punishment of history."

Cardboard Box

Internal border checks must stay until EU can "effectively protect" its borders - German minister

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FILE PHOTO: A police officer checks the ID with a mobile data device at the former border crossing point Germany/Czech Republic near Schoenberg, Germany, 13 December 2017.
Internal border checks must stay in place in Germany for as long as the EU fails to protect its external borders, newly-appointed German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said, slamming the Schengen Agreement.

"As things stand now, there are not too many border points in Germany that are permanently occupied," Seehofer told German weekly newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag.

"We will discuss whether that needs to change. After all, it is not just about preventing people from crossing borders illegally. Border controls also serve other protective functions."

Seehofer lambasted the landmark Schengen Agreement, which allows border control-free travel within the passport-free Schengen zone, made up of 26 European nations.

Comment: See: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Weapons of Mass Migration: Interview with Michael Springmann on Europe's Migrant Crisis


John Pilger: 'Campaign against RT is propaganda & McCarthyism' (VIDEO)

John Pilger on RT
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The campaign against RT in Britain amounts to McCarthyism and is part of a "carefully constructed drama" of trying to discredit the news organization, journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger told RT.

"I have done work for RT, the former head of the Scottish Parliament Alex Salmond has a program on RT," Pilger said, adding that the channel has some "very distinguished" people working for it.

"The campaign against RT, against people working on RT, is McCarthyite," he added. "It is a part of this propaganda, of this carefully constructed drama, of trying to discredit RT."

He spoke specifically of RT London, "which I know very well, as I'm often there." Pilger said RT is run by "highly experienced, respected people" who previously worked for other major outlets, including the BBC.

He called the campaign against RT by British media a "disgrace," and said part of the reason for the "drama in Salisbury" is to block a critical view - a move that he said is reminiscent of what happened during the Cold War.

Pilger's comments about Salisbury were made in reference to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4. The UK has blamed the poisoning on Russia without providing any evidence.

In a separate interview with RT, Pilger said that most people in the UK and the US don't understand the "dangers of this propaganda."

Comment: See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Doing Putin's 'Dirty Work': Barmy British Incite War With Russia

Microscope 2

Skripal: Russia has no program like Novichok but some EU states do

Members of the emergency services wearing protective clothing work near the bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 13, 2018.
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Members of the emergency services wearing protective clothing work near the bench where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 13, 2018.
Moscow says it is "miffed" at the European Union's "hasty, speculative, and evidence-free" judgment on the Sergei Skripal incident, and maintains that it has no stocks of Novichok, the nerve agent purportedly used to poison him.

On Monday, the European Council, which represents the heads of governments of the EU states, issued a statement that it "takes extremely seriously the UK Government's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible" for the March 4 attack.

The Council went on to say that it was "shocked at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years" and it called on Moscow "to address urgently the questions raised by the UK and the international community and to provide immediate, full and complete disclosure of its Novichok programme to the OPCW."

Comment: See: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Doing Putin's 'Dirty Work': Barmy British Incite War With Russia


Beloved by his people: Syrian leader Assad drives himself to East Ghouta front lines without needing bullet-proof vest or security

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Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visits the front lines in the East Ghouta region
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has once again shown why he has the full confidence of the people he governs over.

Yesterday he made a surprise visit to the frontlines of East Ghouta where the Syrian Army are currently smashing terrorist forces. This was in an effort to thank the brave soldiers for their duties on behalf of all Syrian people and to motivate the troops to continue their successful struggle against terrorist formations.

After meeting soldiers, he then met civilians who fled the war zone in East Ghouta, to the east of Damascus city center, he was widely praised and held by the people.


Remembering why Robert Mueller is "hardly a saint"

Mueller puppets
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Mueller's Shill Game
For months, The Gateway Pundit has been reporting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's flaws exhibited in both the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 presidential election and his personal track record as an attorney.

On Saturday evening, media icon Matt Drudge reminded us all why Mueller is "hardly a saint."
Mueller is hardly a saint. Wrongfully accused Hatfill of anthrax attack back in the day. Cost taxpayers millions in damages. https://t.co/zyalxF6ji3 https://t.co/zgjDz2hiXO

- MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 18, 2018

Comment: Apparently Drudge is not the only one who holds a poor opinion of Mr. Mueller


If Trump fires Mueller it could end his presidency, warns Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham
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Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Sunday “it would be the beginning of the end” of President’s Trump’s presidency if he fired special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Sunday "it would be the beginning of the end" of President's Trump's presidency if he fired special counsel Robert Mueller.

"As I said before, if he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency," Graham, R-S.C., said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"Because we're a rule of law nation. When it comes to Mr. Mueller, he is following the evidence where it takes him and it's very important he be allowed to do his job, without interference. And there are many Republicans who share my view."

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Arrow Up

Three-quarters of respondents say Trump should fire Mueller, Drudge poll

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President Trump • Special Counsel Mueller
More than three-quarters of people who answered a poll on the conservative Drudge Report site said that President Trump should fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Moscow.

The online poll, which was posted on the site on Saturday, had surveyed fewer than 500,000 people on Sunday.

The poll comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over the findings of an internal review that said he provided unauthorized information to the press and was not forthcoming with investigators during the investigation. McCabe said he was fired as an attempt to undermine Mueller's investigation.

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