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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Stunned by the news of Mueller indictments coming as soon as Monday, Trump advisors get angry at Hillary, according to Politico.

The lack of information, on a case that could have major ramifications for the president, left many current and former Trump advisers livid, focusing their rage on how the information leaked and on a forever target: Hillary Clinton.

Damaged, infantile, dangerous people.

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We know President Trump’s confidante Roger Stone is intemperate and aggressive. We also know he often blurts things out that end up being accurate or highly prescient. On August 21st, 2016, Stone tweeted: “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.” A few weeks later (Oct. 7th, 2016), that’s just what happened. Wikileaks, with whom Stone had been in active and direct contact, began releasing thousands of Podesta’s stolen emails.

That’s not all we know.

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Here’s something to watch out for.

There seems to be a concerted effort to manufacture a groundswell of demands that Robert Mueller resign. Here’s Fox News: “Mueller facing new Republican pressure to resign in Russia probe“.

The whole team is in on it. Rep Trent Franks (R-AZ) “The federal code could not be clearer – Mueller is compromised by his apparent conflict of interest in being close with James Comey.” Chris Christie on Fox and Friends: “If the facts that you just laid out are true, then somebody with Bob Mueller’s integrity will step aside and should.” The Wall Street Journal Oped page, calling for Mueller’s resignation: “Two pertinent questions: Did the dossier trigger the FBI probe of the Trump campaign, and did Mr. Comey or his agents use it as evidence to seek wiretapping approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Trump campaign aides?” Kimberley Strassel, columnist for WSJ: “Now we know Mueller is probing Democrat-funded Russian allegations, time for him to stand down.” Sinclair Broadcasting’s DC affiliate: “New details on Russia, Democrats and the FBI lead to calls for Mueller to resign“. There are numerous other examples, all in the last couple days.

An obvious question to ask is whether the new furor over “Uranium One”, the White House’s particularly aggressive attacks on Clinton today and this chorus of calls for Mueller’s resignation are tied to news tonight that Mueller has made his first indictment. Regardless, how do we read this chorus of demands? Is it designed to intimidate Mueller? I doubt it. He is highly, highly unlikely to resign. I think the aim is to manufacture a chorus of ‘demands’ that President Trump can ‘respond to’ by firing Mueller and ending the investigation altogether.

Do I think this will happen? I don’t think so. But I never imagined that Trump would fire James Comey either.

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Now we know the “Republicans” who first funded Fusion GPS’s investigation of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia (before seeing him win the nomination and thus losing interest.) It was The Washington Free Beacon. Wait, you’re thinking, isn’t that a news site? Well, maybe, maybe not. We also learn the Beacon turns out to be funded “in large part” by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer. The Beacon reportedly frequently employs opposition researchers to drum up news stories. It did so in this case and was reportedly getting a lot of information about Trump’s ties to Russia. But when Trump secured the nomination they lost interest. Here’s the story.

From CNN

A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.

As best, I can tell there’s no clarity on who has been charged or what crimes they have been charged with. Here’s a thread on Twitter, from a former federal prosecutor, setting forth some theories about what this could mean. Obvious candidate: Paul Manafort.

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“The thing I am concerned about … is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.”

This appears to be the most quoted document so far in the trove of Kennedy assassination documents released early this morning. It is a memo dictated by then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. And it is dated two days after President Kennedy died, November 24th, 1963. It is very fair to say that it is hard to see what blanket certainty he could have had at that point just who killed President Kennedy or more specifically whether anyone else was involved. (The evidence from the start that Oswald was at least a shooter was pretty strong.)

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