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From The Canaris Directive: 
“We have at our command in the United States efficient contacts, which have been carefully kept up even during the war.”

The Road To Dictatorship

The Facebook and their controller the FBI are paving the royal road to the present and future dictatorship. Wake up, America!


By Michael Novakhov

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FBI News Review – By Michael Novakhov

For the Facebook visitors: Please, look up the links in text format and on the Google also, because the stupid greedy Facebook does not publish the direct links. Visit all my blogs and sites: see the links at http://newsandtimes.org/
The Facebook’s editors and their system of CENSORSHIP are the absolute retards, and that is exactly what the New Abwehr and (their long time agent) Putin wanted: to restrict the freedom of information on the Internet, despite his hypocritical assurances to the contrary

It appears that the FBI is the part of this CENSORSHIP, “for security reasons”, ostensibly; but in fact because The (Stupid) Dogs just cannot resist poking their bulbous noses into everything that is able to excite their doggy attention.
The Stupid Facebook rejects my posts on the ground that they “do not meet the community standards”, while these posts are just the reprints, the  copies of the links to the mainstream press articles from the Google searches. The Facebook runs scared and crazy, the FBI terrorized them to death, and into the construction of the virtual Panopticon Observation Prison cum Jewish Mother (and not the best version of this phenomenon) + glassy-eyed Jewish Accountant pretending to be the Face Of The World and Mr. Very Sociable himself. 
The problem is not that those people are Jewish, the problem is that they are idiots, and that they try, wittingly or not, to turn the others into their idiots-robots too. 
Facebook is the very retarded “social marketplace” for their masses of the retarded customers.
Und ziz iz my Opini’on. When the Facebook rejects postings because they don’t “fit the community standards”, it should be specified, which of the “communities”, and which of the “standards”. There are so many of both of them. 
The question is, my dear America: why do you allow these entities and these people to decide how and with whom you should communicate, what news you should consume, and what kind of friends you should make? 
Isn’t it much too much? Isn’t it one of the roots of our current troubles? 

The Society which limits the freedom of expressions and communications on its electronic “agoras“, such as Facebook and Twitter (and others), robs itself of the wealth, richness, and potential uses of information, when it is properly selected and organized. The Society which restricts the opportunities for communications and commercializes them (quite often excessively), as the Facebook does, robs itself of its history, literature, arts, education, culture, and journalism. It restricts the natural social intercourse and historical progress. 
Facebook has to be broken up, just like AT&T was, they became the dangerous social media and communications (!!! – that’s what is important) monopoly. They accumulated too much power, and this process continues and expands into all areas and aspects of the society’s functions, including its practices of politics. It is not the exaggeration to say that the modern politics are transformed by the Facebook, and this fact has the enormous significance. 

It also appears that Facebook in fact prostituted itself for political purposes, it was making advertising money on politics. Facebook is more than willing to sell itself to any bidder. Some of us say that they betrayed America and her values, just like Manafort, and his operating arm, the Cambridge Analytica. 

Replace Facebook with the not for profit business model, make it better, truly social, and maybe even “socialist”, and “free”, in all senses. It would fit it to the T. 

“The profit motives and drivers in the Information field, just like in Medicine, are inappropriate, dysfunctional, and counterproductive. The State should carry the expenses, which are minimal, if not just symbolic, for the maintenance of the Social Media Platforms. If the traditional media justified their charges by the expenses on ink and paper (with expenditures on good thinking and ideas in the very distant from those costs numbers), the digital costs simply cannot be justified at all at this stage and age. The Social Media users build their castles in the air, and the owners of the Social Media platforms and companies collect the rent; in the very nice and tangible real life pennies. The relative value of the good thinking and ideas went up, and the state should protect, defend, and nurture them, for it is them that drive the economic and social progress. The current “free for all” – “Free Enterprise” system breeds crooks, swindlers, liars, and psychopaths, and the current troubles demonstrate this vividly. We as the humans are better than that.” 

The FBI is the second part of this explosive equation which makes a prescription for the potential disaster of dictatorship. 

Investigate the investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI now! This is my mantra for the last several years, and I am not tired of repeating it.
FBI is a very sick, Mafia and Nazi style type of the organisation staffed with shrewd but brainless and soulless psychopaths. It has to be studied and researched in depth.  

The FBI was thoroughly penetrated by the Nazis – the Canaris’ Abwehr, and the Mobsters (which are just two parts of the same phenomenon connected by Abwehr) a long time ago, even before the WW2, and much more so after it, according to my impressions. 

Former Nazis were hired by the FBI en masse, and the true extent of this problem might exceed anyone’s imagination. 


The German espionage in America was rampant, especially before and after the WW2, and the FBI under Hoover was not able to deal with it and to contain it, not the industrial one, and much less the political one; that’s what I concluded on the basis of the “first take”, first impression of the Web review on this subject.

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Quote: 

“A directive issued by the Chief of intelligence Division of the German
High Command, Admiral Canaris of March 15, 1944 part of which follows here casts a
suspicious eye towards Nazi intrigue. 

“There is great fear in the USA of Bolshevism. The opposition against
Roosevelt’s alliance with Stalin grows constantly. Our chances for success are good, if
we succeed to stir up influential circles against Roosevelt’s policy. This can be done
through clever pieces of information, or by references to unsuspicious neutral
ecclesiastical contact men.
We have at our command in the United States efficient contacts, which have
been carefully kept up even during the war. The campaign of hatred stirred up by
Roosevelt and the Jews against everything German has been temporarily silenced the
pro-German bloc in the USA. However, there is every hope that this situation will be
completely changed within a few months. If the Republicans succeed in defeating
Roosevelt in the coming election, it will greatly influence American conduct of the
war towards us.
The KO-leaders abroad and their staffs have innumerable opportunities of
constantly referring to Roosevelt’s hate policy. They must use in this campaign all the
existing contacts and they should try to open new channels. We must point to the
danger Germany may be forced to cooperate with Russia. The greatest caution has to
be observed in all talks and negotiations by those who, as “anti-Nazis” maintain
contact with the enemy. When fulfilling missions, they have to comply strictly with
instructions.”28

The above document now casts all such leaks and reports in the press appearing
in the later stages of the war as Nazi intrigue or propaganda. As shown in the
previous chapters the Nazis had willing accomplices in Congress, the military, and
the press and industrial leaders. The reader also should be alerted to the reference to
that if the Republican Party could win the election they would alter the American
conduct of the war. The previous chapters have detailed the collaboration between
the Nazis and the Republican Party.” 

From: The Nazi Hydra In Fascist America – Glen Yeadon and John Hawkins 
http://members.tranquility.net/~rwinkel/janel/Hydra.pdf

Pages 289 – 290

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The FBI’s sick, unlawful, low, cynical, gypsy mentality type “secrets” and “mysteries” have to be exposed and revealed. This stupid, brainless, ever hungry, dysfunctional, ugly Beast feeds on America and her people. They are worse than KGB and Gestapo, and they are stupider too.
Their “hair analysts” gave the wrong testimonies and sent the innocent people to prison simply because they wanted to “make the grade”, to please their superiors, and to move up the ladder. Read about it, including my blogs and sites.
They have to be destroyed, abolished, and those who deserve it should be prosecuted themselves. I could not and still cannot believe that all this, including their infamous COINTELPRO “operations” were happening in America!
And in addition to all that, they are simply incompetent and are not able to carry out their duties properly. 
I also think that the FBI is the major threat to the sanity and the mental health of the American people. 
In a society where one half informs on the other half, there cannot be trust and the healthy interpersonal relationships. FBI, with its crude and outdated Nazi-KGB tactics, and inefficient security wise at that, undermines the very structure and the texture of the modern American society. They function as the “vice squad” – the moral police, and as the political police, despite all their half-hearted protestations. These two areas are easy for them to understand (or so they think), especially “sex”, and the little nincompoops impose and enforce their norms (primitive, police and “law and order” oriented, largely Catholic, and the product of the lower to middle class mentality) on the rest of society. This is the road to social degeneration. The FBI and the similar structures and agencies should understand their proper and complex role in our society. They feel that they should prove their worth to society while they have very little of it, and if anything, are detrimental to the healthy functioning of the society. As strange as it might sound (or not “strange” at all), the sophisticated, civil and civilized, proper electronic surveillance should replace the obviously sick, pathological by its nature, the institute and practice of informants, which comes from the old historical European traditions and was perfected by Abwehr. 

The FBI “COINTELPRO specialists” literally and deliberately drive you crazy, and those very talanted artistic nincompoops sincerely believe, in accordance with their limited intellectual capacities, that this is exactly their job to do.
They became the inspiring model for the many monstrous “secret security services” around the world, and lately for the Israeli private spying firms who developed and expanded ad criminal absurdum the COINTELPRO tactics and techniques. 
Read about those firms activities and interference in 2016 Elections

The Russian interference was well demonstrated by the Mueller Investigation. 
In fact, there were many different and various INTERFERENCES (!), which is nothing new historically and conceptually: German – Russian – Ukrainian – Israeli – Oligarchs – Arab – Global Russian Jewish Israeli Mafia, and ultimately by the New Abwehr. 
 Undoubtedly, it was also the interference, largely invisible, by the FBI, and also to be exact, many various “interferences”. The FBI cannot be allowed to rule this society under any circumstances, they will turn it into the police state (the term “deep state” is the alternative); and this is exactly what they are trying to do, by their various ways and means. The retired FBI agents play a role in it: there is no such thing as the “retired FBI agent”. 

It is a big question if this aspect was addressed in Mueller Investigation, and how adequately it was addressed. 

The FBI’s structure and mentality are of the same hired thugs of the Pinkerton Agency, their amoral but practical mommy. The problem is that the FBI acquired or accumulated the monopoly on Police Powers which can be quite formidable in any culture. 

The today society appears to outgrow the need for these types of the ugly and perverse monopolies on Power; on the Political Power, to be specific. This monopoly also has to be broken. 

The Multilayered Model of the Intelligence Services, with the overlapping responsibilities, appears to be the best, historically formed alternative. Do not trust any of them entirely, and let them all spy on each other; the accuracy of intelligence assessments and the efficiency of response and prevention will benefit. None of them should have a monopoly on Intelligence Work. The Intelligence Analysis should strive to approach the accuracy standards of the Medical Diagnosis. 
And we better research and investigate all of the above, my dear America! 
We should not forget that in Nazi Germany the road to dictatorship was through the elections. 
After I posted one of the “anti-FBI tirades” above, the stupid FBI panicked (or those who want to turn me against the FBI, we have to consider this possibility too, remote or not) and blocked my websites. They managed to break into The FBI News Review  and messed it up. 
They did not like the pictures… They are not very visual, those blocks; and they definitely have some problems in the humor and satire department. They are very straight looking and straight thinking robots. 

Although I always liked Comey, and his predecessor and successor look good also. The problem might be not in the leaders but in the other strata of this organization, and it is very hierarchical. This has to be carefully and objectively researched.  

Thank you, the Great American Democracy and the Great American Freedom of Speech! Thank you Obama, and the rest of you!
Now my sites are up again; visit them and read my posts and pages! 
FBI HAS TO BE ABOLISHED, AND THE CRIMINALS IN THEIR MIDST HAVE TO BE PROSECUTED RELENTLESSLY! 
But first, they have to be investigated, and very thoroughly. I support Mr. Barr’s plan to investigate the FBI; with the proviso that this investigation has to be non-partisan, non-political, objective, comprehensive, in-depth, and practical, namely, the reform oriented. 
4.15 – 4.21.19
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See also: 

M.N.: My Definition: Twitterocracy: The Rule by Opinions In the Information Age. 

My Follow-up Opinion: All Social Media Companies should be literally regulated to death (No Advertising and Fairness for All), and then nationalized on a global scale. The profit motives and drivers in the Information field, just like in Medicine, are inappropriate, dysfunctional, and counterproductive. The State should carry the expenses, which are minimal, if not just symbolic, for the maintenance of the Social Media Platforms. If the traditional media justified their charges by the expenses on ink and paper (with expenditures on good thinking and ideas in the very distant from those costs numbers), digital costs simply cannot justified at all at this stage and age. The Social media users build their castles in the air, and the owners of the Social media companies collect the rent. In very nice and tangible real life pennies. The relative value of the good thinking and ideas went up, and the state should protect, defend, and nurture them, for it is them that drive the economic and social progress. The current “free for all” – “Free Enterprise” system breeds crooks, swindlers, liars, and psychopaths, and the current troubles demonstrate this vividly. We as the humans are better than that. 

Michael Novakhov

4:45 PM 4/3/2019

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Page 371: Appendix 2 Captured Documents Captured Nazi Documents: 

Directive of the German High Command on Political Warfare in the U.S.A  

The following directive was issued by the Chief of the Intelligence Division of the German High Command, Admiral Walter Wilhelm Canaris, in 1944. 

The document lays bare the basic German strategy of scaring the U.S.A. with Bolshevism but —at the same time—recommends a long-range policy of RussoGerman collaboration. SECRET STATE MATTER OKW-Abwehr March 15, 1944 At a meeting of the representatives of the Foreign Office, the Security Division, (“SD”) and the Department of Defense, (“Abwehr”), the following resolutions were adopted for unified action by all our agents in foreign countries: I. Utilize to the fullest extent all available possibilities in neutral and enemy countries, in order to support our military efforts with political and propaganda campaigns. 2. Our goal is to crush the enemy’s plan whose object it is to destroy forever the German Reich militarily, economically, and culturally. The Nazi Hydra In Fascist America — 372 — The new regulations put into effect by the political leaders for the dissolution and disintegration of the enemy bloc should be carried out more intensely. We must do our utmost to create a state of confusion and distrust among our enemies. Such a state of disunity would enable us to sue for a quick separate peace with either side. While it is true that the efforts made in that direction have failed so far due to the implacable hate policy of Roosevelt and Churchill it does not mean that some day, under different conditions, the unnatural front of our enemies could not be broken. Roosevelt’s electoral defeat this year could have immeasurable political consequences. The political and military leaders are of the opinion that Germany cannot expect any mercy from the Soviets; on the contrary, should the war take a turn for the worse, we must assume that the Slavs will do everything in order to retaliate against the harsh treatment we have inflicted upon them. In spite of everything, no effort should be spared to stir up, through carefully directed propaganda, political animosity inside the Anglo-Saxon countries which would enrage the Soviets to such a degree that, as a consequence, they would welcome a chance to conclude a separate peace with Germany. In the event of a negotiated peace, or should we be defeated, Germany would have everything to gain-in the long run-by joining the East. Right now, the chances for a separate peace with the West are a little better, especially if we succeed, through our propaganda campaign and our confidential channels, to convince the enemy that Roosevelt’s policy of “unconditional surrender” drives the German people towards Communism. There is great fear in the U.S.A. of Bolshevism. The opposition against Roosevelt’s alliance with Stalin grows constantly. Our chances for success are good, if we succeed to stir up influential circles against Roosevelt’s policy. This can be done through clever pieces of information, or by references to unsuspicious neutral ecclesiastical contact men. We have at our command in the United States efficient contacts which have been carefully kept up even during the war. The campaign of hatred stirred up by Roosevelt and the Jews against everything German has temporarily silenced the pro-German bloc in the U.S.A. However, there is every hope that this situation will be completely changed within a few months. If the Republicans succeed in defeating Roosevelt in the coming presidential election, it would greatly influence the American conduct of war towards us. The KO-leaders abroad and their staffs have innumerable opportunities of constantly referring to Roosevelt’s hate policy. They must use in this campaign all the existing contacts and they should try to open up new channels. We must point to the danger that Germany may be forced to cooperate with Russia. The greatest caution has to be observed in all talks and negotiations by those who, as “antiNazis,” maintain contact with the enemy. When fulfilling missions, they have to comply strictly with instructions. German Plan for Psychological Warfare in the U.S.A. The Nazi Hydra In Fascist America — 373 — (Memorandum from Dr. Colin Ross to the German Foreign Office, 1943.) On July 27, 1943, the German Foreign Office expert on the U.S.A., the geo. politician Dr. Colin Ross, suggested in a fifteen page memorandum a “Plan for an Ideological Campaign in the United States.” Recognizing Germany’s inability to bring the war to a victorious end, Dr. Colin Ross proposed the immediate implementation of a carefully planned psychological warfare to undermine the anticipated U.S. military victory. Dr. Ross regarded American public opinion as the weakest link because the American people seemed especially susceptible to scare propaganda hinting that a defeated Germany would join the ranks of Bolshevism. The memorandum, which was addressed to the German Secretary of State in the Foreign Office, von Steengracht, became the guidepost for Germany’s highly successful blackmail diplomacy in post-war America. Here follow some significant parts of the memorandum. PLAN FOR AN IDEOLOGICAL CAMPAIGN IN THE UNITED STATES The Prerequisites for psychological warfare 1. Analyze the spiritual temper of world public opinion. 2. Evaluate correctly the ideological weapons available. 3. Put before the eyes of the world a strategic concept which will impress not only our own people, but also the neutrals and our enemies. 4. Select the most effective tactical methods for the accomplishment of 5. Co-ordinate the ideological campaign in support of our military and economic warfare. The more the prospects for outright military victory diminish, the more urgent becomes the necessity for all-out psychological warfare. In analyzing this problem we can disregard completely the possibility of total victory through military might alone, because in such a case psychological warfare is superfluous. However, in the case of total military collapse, we must continue the struggle by means of psychological warfare until the day arrives when weapons can speak again. In my opinion it is important to point to this ultima ratio now and emphasize it more than ever before. Psychological warfare will prove especially successful in the U.S.A. where many groups (weite Kreise) are fed up with the war. . . . Under all circumstances we should prepare ourselves for the worst, not in a spirit of defeatism, but in order to cope more effectively with defeatism in the hour of collapse. It is important that we see to it that our enemies, especially the Americans, should not bask themselves in the sun of victory or that they enjoy the role of being the liberators of Europe. Therefore, it is necessary to set up a far- flung organization in every country which, under enemy occupation, must carry on the task from the underground. We must do everything possible to impress upon American public opinion that after the liberation of Europe they will become involved in an endless maze of insoluble contradictions. However great their sacrifices may be they will end up in a blind alley exactly as it happened in 1918 under Wilson’s grandiose planning. We have to use the argument that if the enemy succeeds in stamping out The Nazi Hydra In Fascist America — 374 — “Fascism” or “Nazism” there will remain only Bolshevism. Thus, a Germany threatened by the Anglo-Americans with dismemberment, will throw herself completely into the arms of the Soviets, and in that way will make Bolshevism unconquerable. This is the time to make up the balance sheet and to start with large scale preparation in order to meet the coming invasion. Our defense must not remain limited to military measures alone but must employ every available weapon of psychological warfare. The ideological offensive is the order of the day. American Documents: Germany’s Preparation for a Comeback On March 30, 1945 the U.S. State Department announced that “reliable information collected by Allied Governments clearly indicates that the Nazi regime in Germany has developed well arranged post-war plans for the perpetuation of Nazi doctrines and domination. Some of these plans have already been put into operation and others are ready to be launched… 

See also these posts: 

“The basic German strategy of scaring the U.S.A. with Bolshevism” – “Great source of background information on the current gang that runs today’s world”: The Nazi Hydra in America: Suppressed History of a Century | “The conclusion: fascists won the war — they were on both sides!” – February 08, 2019

Opening The Pandora Box: The Nazi Hydra in America – February 08, 2019

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By Eduard Andryushchenko and Robert Coalson

(RFE/RL) — In November 1979, Vital Fedorchuk, head of the Ukraine branch of the Soviet KGB, wrote a top-secret memo to the head of the republic’s Central Committee, warning of a grave plot by Western security agencies to undermine the Soviet Union.

The country’s enemies, Fedorchuk warned, “are actively using the [1975] Helsinki agreements on the exchange of books” to carry out “an ideological diversionary attack against the U.S.S.R.”

Fedorchuk’s memo came to light after the Ukrainian government opened up the country’s KGB archives in April 2015, giving researchers unprecedented insight into the Soviet side of the Cold War.

To back up his claim of an anti-Soviet plot, Fedorchuk cites “the discovery by our operatives of a whole slew of foreign publications received by Kievknigotorg that contain malicious slander against the Soviet government and our social order.” The suspect books also “propagandize cruelty, violence, and pornography,” Fedorchuk wrote.

The influx of foreign literature to the Soviet Union — although always meager — ticked upward after the signing of the Helsinki Accords in 1975. Among other things, the agreements included broad commitments to East-West cultural exchanges.

Among the books that worried Fedorchuk’s operatives was Anthony Burgess’s 1962 dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange. Ten English-language copies of the novel were found in Kyiv bookstores in 1979.

Fedorchuk’s memo describes the book as fundamentally anti-communist, mostly because the roaming gang of ruffians in the book speaks in “a semi-Russian language.” The memo offers no other evidence of the book’s “malicious satire of communist ideals.”

When filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel came out in 1971, Soviet ideologists found the work less offensive. The magazine Yunost published a laudatory review that argued the film reflected the decay of contemporary Western society.

Nonetheless, the film was not shown in Soviet theaters and remained a rare treat for students at the state cinematography academy.

Fedorchuk also expressed concern about John Steinbeck’s autobiographical Journal Of A Novel: The East Of Eden Letters. The Soviet Union heralded Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes Of Wrath, which was published in several Soviet editions as an anti-capitalist masterpiece.

Steinbeck traveled to the Soviet Union twice as an honored guest, although documents uncovered in the Kyiv KGB archives last year revealed that Soviet operatives suspected him of spying.

The little-known Journal Of A Novel was cobbled together out of Steinbeck’s correspondence and published in 1969, a year after the writer’s death. One hundred English-language copies were sent to Kyiv under a cultural exchange despite what Fedorchuk described as “malicious attacks on the Soviet Union.”

Steinbeck wrote that the Soviet Union was doomed to collapse and would likely disintegrate into several mutually antagonistic ethnic states.

“In the author’s opinion,” Fedorchuk wrote, “Western countries must remember that ‘the Kremlin regime, sensing danger, might launch a world war in a bid to save itself.’”

A third Western book that attracted the KGB’s attention was English writer Frederick Forsyth’s 1971 The Day Of The Jackal, which was also controversial in the West.

“It is a practical handbook for any maniac wishing to carry out a terrorist act,” Fedorchuk complained.

The Day Of The Jackal was published in Russian by the Soviet journal Prostor (based in Alma-Ata, now Almaty, Kazakhstan) in 1974, shortly after which the editor was removed. In 1977, it was officially banned by Soviet censors. Nonetheless, 70 copies in English appeared in Kyiv through the book exchange.

Fedorchuk also mentioned the autobiographical essay Sun And Steel by Japanese author Yukio Mishima. That work by the noted anti-Marxist author supposedly “promotes so-called neo-samuraiism,” although Fedorchuk does not define that neologism.

Some of the Western books mentioned in Fedorchuk’s memo were not offensive in themselves, but rather because of subversive advertising among their pages.

He claims that a volume of poetry by English poet William Blake contained an insert promoting a book by Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who was driven from the Soviet Union in 1972. A novel by John Cheever contained an advertisement for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Lenin In Zurich.

Fedochuk’s KGB operatives also found in Kyiv bookstores several volumes published in Eastern Bloc countries that merited criticism. The spies found two copies in Polish of the book The Art Of Love by Polish gynecologist and sexologist Michalina Wislocka. Written in 1974 and published in Poland only in 1978, the guide to sex has been in print ever since, selling at least 7 million copies.

Fedorchuk’s memo dryly described the book as “a manual on the technology of sex with corresponding illustrations.”

The KGB also flagged a 1977 Polish anthology of Ukrainian poetry in translation that included works by “people of serious known nationalist tendencies.”

Fedorchuk noted that “several of them…10 or 15 years ago published some amateurish verses but who now have no relationship to the literary process.” Nonetheless, he added, the Polish volume presents them as “unrecognized geniuses” and “victims of party terror in literature.”

All of the books mentioned in Fedorchuk’s memo were seized by the KGB, except for the volumes by Steinbeck and Blake. No explanation is given for the Steinbeck exception, even though that book contains the most direct and clear criticism of the Soviet Union.

The Blake volume ultimately passed muster because KGB operatives were able to remove the Brodsky advertisement without damaging the book.

Written by RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert Coalson based on reporting by Current Time correspondent Eduard Andryushchenko

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The Mueller report describes numerous instances in which President Trump may have obstructed justice. A few days ago, I threw together a quick spreadsheet on Twitter to assess how Special Counsel Robert Mueller seemed to assess the evidence. Unexpectedly, that spreadsheet got a fair amount of attention—so I thought I would delve back into the evidence to provide a revised visualization with a little more nuance, which will hopefully be helpful to people attempting to parse a legally and factually dense document.

The key question is how Robert Mueller and his team assessed the three elements “common to most of the relevant statutes” relating to obstruction of justice: an obstructive act, a nexus between the act and an official proceeding, and corrupt intent. As Mueller describes, the special counsel’s office “gathered evidence … relevant to the elements of those crimes and analyzed them within an elements framework—while refraining from reaching ultimate conclusions about whether crimes were committed,” because of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)’s guidelines against the indictment of a sitting president.

The below heat map is an effort to simplify Mueller’s analysis of the evidence in relation to the three common elements of the obstruction statutes. Instances of possibly obstructive conduct are identified by their section marking in Volume II of the report. (Section A is a general overview of the Trump campaign’s response to public reporting on Russian support for Trump and does not contain an analysis.) Some sections contained varying analysis of multiple possibly obstructive acts, which are identified separately. More information about how the special counsel assessed each possible instance of obstruction is available below the chart itself, with page numbers corresponding to Volume II.

I should emphasize that the below is my interpretation of the evidence as Mueller seems to provide it—others may have different readings. (Richard Hoeg has provided a slightly different take, also available on Twitter.) My assessment rests on an assumption that Mueller is correct in his legal analysis that a president may still obstruct justice even if the act in question is taken entirely under his Article II authority. Under Attorney General Bill Barr’s reading of Article II, this heat map would look very different. I’ve also accepted at face value Mueller’s statutory argument that 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2) “states a broad, independent, and unqualified prohibition on obstruction of justice,” rather than, as Trump’s personal counsel apparently argued to Mueller, covering only “acts that would impair the integrity and availability of evidence.”

 

B. Conduct regarding the Flynn investigation

Obstructive act (p. 43): Trump asked for Comey’s loyalty and pressured Comey to “let this go” regarding the FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. “In analyzing whether these statements constitute an obstructive act, a threshold question is whether Comey’s account of the interaction is accurate, and, if so, whether the President’s statements had the tendency to impede the administration of justice by shutting down an inquiry that could result in a grand jury investigation and criminal charge.” “[S]ubstantial evidence corroborates Comey’s account.”

Nexus (p. 46): By the time Trump spoke to Comey, Trump had been informed that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI and that his statements could violate 18 U.S.C. § 1001, the prohibition on lying to federal investigators. “[T]he President’s instruction to the FBI Director to ‘let[] Flynn go’ suggests his awareness that Flynn could face criminal exposure for his conduct and was at risk of prosecution.”

Intent: “[E]vidence is inconclusive” as to whether Trump was aware of Flynn’s calls with Kislyak when they occurred. But “[e]vidence does establish that the President connected the Flynn investigation to the FBI’s broader Russia investigation.”

Trump attempted to have Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland “draft an internal email” stating that Trump did not ask Flynn to discuss sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, which McFarland did not do because she was not sure if the statement would be accurate. Though “evidence does not establish” that Trump was trying to make McFarland lie, the incident “highlights the President’s concern about being associated with Flynn’s conduct,” and McFarland was disturbed by the request and felt it was “irregular.”

 

C. Conduct regarding public confirmation of the Russia investigation

Obstructive act (p. 60): Though “evidence shows” that Trump reached out to intelligence community leadership, that outreach was “not interpreted … as directives to improperly interfere with the investigation.” Mueller notes that Trump’s outreach to NSA Director Mike Rogers was “significant enough that Rogers thought it important to document the encounter in a written memorandum.”

Nexus (p. 60): The outreach took place following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement of the FBI’s counterintelligence and criminal investigation of russian election interference.

Intent (p. 60): “The evidence does not establish that the President asked or directed intelligence agency leaders to stop or interfere with the FBI’s Russia investigation[.]” However, “the President’s intent in trying to prevent Sessions’s recusal, and in reaching out the Coats, Pompeo, Rogers, and Comey following Comey’s public announcement of the FBI’s Russia investigation, is nevertheless relevant to understanding what motivated the President’s other actions towards the investigation.” In other words, while Trump’s actions here do not indicate intent as to the specific potentially obstructive conduct at issue in this section, they are relevant to understanding his intent as to his broader pattern of conduct toward the investigation.

 

D. Firing of James Comey

Obstructive act (p. 74): “Firing Comey would qualify as an obstructive act if it had the natural and probable effect of interfering with or impeding the investigation.” Trump’s handling of the Comey firing and his actions in the subsequent days “had the potential to affect a successor director’s conduct of the investigation,” though removing Comey “would not necessarily … prevent or impede the FBI from continuing its investigation.”

Nexus (p. 75): By the time of the Comey firing, Trump was aware of both the FBI investigation into Russian election interference and the investigation into Flynn.

Intent (p. 75): “Substantial evidence” indicates that Trump fired Comey because of “Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state that the President was not personally under investigation.” Mueller notes that “[s]ome evidence indicates that the President believed that the erroneous perception he was under investigation harmed his ability to manage domestic and foreign affairs”—but “[o]ther evidence … indicates that the President wanted to protect himself from an investigation into his campaign.” “The initial reliance on a pretextual justification [for Comey’s firing] could support an inference that the President had concerns about providing the real reason for the firing, although the evidence does not resolve whether those concerns were personal, personal, or both.”

 

E. Efforts to fire Mueller

Obstructive act (p. 87): Former White House Counsel Don McGahn is a “credible witness” in providing evidence that Trump indeed attempted to fire Mueller. This “would qualify as an obstructive act” if the firing “would naturally obstruct the investigation and any grand jury proceedings that might flow from the inquiry.”

Nexus (p. 89): “Substantial evidence” indicates that, at this point, Trump was aware that “his conduct was under investigation by a federal prosecutor who could present any evidence of federal crimes to a grand jury.”

Intent (p. 89): “Substantial evidence indicates that the President’s attempts to remove the Special Counsel were linked to the Special Counsel’s oversight of investigations that involved the President’s conduct[.]”

 

F. Efforts to curtail Mueller

Obstructive act (p. 97): Trump’s effort to force Sessions to confine the investigation to only investigating future election interference “would qualify as an obstructive act if it would naturally obstruct the investigation and any grand jury proceedings that might flow from the inquiry.” “Taken together, the President’s directives indicate that Sessions was being instructed to tell the Special Counsel to end the existing investigation into the President and his campaign[.]”

Nexus (p. 97): At the relevant point, “the existence of a grand jury investigation supervised by the Special Counsel was public knowledge.”

Intent (p. 97): “Substantial evidence” indicates that Trump’s efforts were “intended to prevent further investigative structiny of the President’s and his campaign’s conduct.”

 

G. Efforts to prevent disclosure of Trump Tower emails

Obstructive act (p. 105): “[T]he evidence does not establish” that Trump sought to prevent information about the Trump Tower meeting from reaching Congress or the special counsel’s office. Rather, the obfuscation “occurred in the context of developing a press strategy.”

Nexus (p. 105): “[T]he existence of a grand jury investigation supervised by the Special Counsel was public knowledge, and the President had been told that the emails were responsive to congressional inquiries.” But “the evidence does not establish that the President sought to prevent disclosure” to the grand jury or to congressional inquiries.

Intent (p. 105): “The evidence does not establish” that Trump intended to prevent Mueller or Congress from obtaining the information.

 

H. Efforts to have Sessions take over the investigation

Obstructive act (p. 111): This question “would not turn on what Attorney General Sessions would actually do if unrecused, but on whether the efforts to reverse his recusal would naturally have had the effect of impeding the Russia investigation … The duration of the President’s efforts … and the fact that the President repeatedly criticized Sessions in public and private for failing to tell the President that he would have to recuse is relevant to assessing whether the President’s efforts to have Sessions unrecuse could qualify as obstructive acts.”

Nexus (p. 111): At the relevant point, “the existence of a grand jury investigation supervised by the Special Counsel was public knowledge,” as well as the existence of a second grand jury empaneled in July 2017. However, “[w]hether the conduct towards the Attorney General would have a foreseeable impact on proceedings turns much of the same evidence discussed with respect to the obstructive-act element.”

Intent (p. 111): “There is evidence that at least one purpose of the President’s conduct toward Sessions was to have Sessions assume control over the Russia investigation and supervise it in a way that would restrict its scope.”

 

I. Order to McGahn to deny Trump’s order to fire Mueller

Obstructive act (p. 118): This effort “would qualify as an obstructive act if it had the natural tendency to constrain McGahn from testifying truthfully or to undermine his credibility as a potential witness[.]” There is “some evidence” that Trump genuinely believed press reports that he had ordered McGahn to fire Mueller were wrong. However, “[o]ther evidence cuts against that understanding of the president’s conduct”—and the special counsel lists a great deal more evidence on this latter point.

Nexus (p. 119): At this point “the Special Counsel’s use of a grand jury had been further confirmed by the return of several indictments.” Mueller’s office had indicated to Trump’s lawyers that it was investigating obstruction, and Trump knew that McGahn had already been interviewed by Mueller on the topic. “That evidence indicates the President’s awareness” that his efforts to fire Mueller were relevant to official proceedings. Trump “likely contemplated the ongoing investigation and any proceedings arising from it” in directing McGahn to create a false record of the earlier interaction.

Intent (p. 120): “Substantial evidence indicates that … the President acted for the purpose of influencing McGahn’s account in order to deflect or prevent further scrutiny” of Trump.

 

J. Conduct toward Flynn, Manafort, and unknown individual (Stone?)

Obstructive act (p. 131): “The President’s actions toward witnesses … would qualify as obstructive if they had the natural tendency to prevent particular witnesses from testifying truthfully, or otherwise would have the probable effect of influencing, delaying, or preventing their testimony to law enforcement.” Though Trump’s lawyers exchange with Flynn’s lawyers “could have had the potential to affect Flynn’s decision to cooperate,” Mueller “could not determine” whether Trump had any knowledge of or involvement in the exchange. Regarding Manafort, “there is evidence that the President’s actions had the potential” to influence Manafort’s thinking on cooperation, and his public statements “had the potential to influence the trial jury.”

Nexus (p. 132): Trump’s actions toward all three individuals “appear to have been connected to pending or anticipated official proceedings involving each individual.”

Intent (p. 132): “Evidence concerning the President’s intent related to Flynn as a potential witness is inconclusive.” But “[e]vidence … indicates that the President intended to encourage Manafort not to cooperate with the government,” though “there are alternative explanations” for Trump’s comments during the Manafort trial.

 

K. Conduct toward Michael Cohen

Obstructive act (p. 153): “[T]he evidence available to us does not establish that the President directed or aided Cohen’s false testimony.” But “the evidence … could support an inference that the President used inducements in the form of positive messages in an effort to get Cohen not to cooperate, and then turned to attacks and intimidation to deter the provision of information or to undermine Cohen’s credibility once Cohen began to cooperate.”

Nexus (p. 154): Trump was aware of investigations into Cohen by the Special Counsel’s Office, Congress, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Intent (p. 155): “There is evidence that could support the inference that the President intended to discourage Cohen from cooperating with the government … The evidence could support an inference that the President was aware of [Cohen’s efforts to continue the Moscow Project past January 2016] at the time of Cohen’s false statements to Congress … The President’s public remarks following Cohen’s guilty plea also suggest that the President may have been concerned about what Cohen told investigators about the Trump Tower Moscow project … The President’s concern about Cohen cooperating may have been directed at the Southern District of New York investigation into other aspects of the President’s dealings with Cohen rather than the investigation of Trump Tower Moscow. There is also some evidence that the President’s concern about Cohen cooperating was based on the President’s stated belief that Cohen would provide false testimony against the President in an attempt to obtain a lesser sentence for his unrelated criminal conduct … Finally, the President’s statements insinuating that members of Cohen’s family committed crimes after Cohen began cooperating with the government could be viewed as an effort to retaliate against Cohen and chill further testimony adverse to the President by Cohen or others.”

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