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Russian Navy servicemen console each other ahead of a funeral service for 14 sailors who died in a submarine fire in the Barents Sea.

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The Global Security News: Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): Eurasia Review: Markets Are Cheering Christine Lagarde’s Appointment To The ECB: Here’s Why That Spells Trouble – Analysis

By Daniel Lacalle*

The appointment of Christine
Lagarde as president of the ECB has been greeted with euphoria by
financial markets. That reaction in itself should be a warning signal.
When risky assets soar in the middle of a huge bubble due to a central
bank appointment, the supervising entity should be concerned.

Lagarde is a lawyer, not an economist, and a great professional, but
the market probably interprets correctly that the European Central Bank
will become even more dovish. Lagarde, for example, is a strong advocate
of negative rates.

Lagarde and Vice President De Guindos have warned of the need to
carry out measures to avoid a possible financial crisis, proposing
different mechanisms to mitigate the shocks created by excess risk. Both
are right, but that search for mechanisms to work as shock buffers runs
the risk of being sterile when it is the monetary policy that
encourages excess. When the central bank solves a financial crisis by
absorbing the excess risk that the market once took it does not reduce
it, it only disguises it. 

Supervisors ignore the effect of risk accumulation because they
perceive it as necessary collateral damage to the recovery. Risk
accumulates precisely because it is encouraged.

Draghi said that monetary policy is not the correct instrument to
deal with financial imbalances and macroprudential tools should be used.
However, it is the monetary policy which is causing those imbalances
when an extraordinary, conditional, and limited measure becomes an
eternal and unconditional one.

When monetary policy disguises and encourages risk, macroprudential
measures are simply ineffective. There is no macroprudential measure
that mitigates the risk created by negative rates and almost three
trillion of asset purchases. More than half of European debt has
negative returns and the ECB must maintain the repurchase of maturities,
injections of liquidity, and even announce a new program of
quantitative easing in the face of the lack of sufficient demand in the
secondary market for those negative yielding bonds. That is a bubble.

Risk builds up slowly and happens instantaneously. That is what the
central planner does not seem to want to understand and the reason why
stress tests and macroprudential measures fail in the midst of monetary
stimuli. Because they start from a fallacious base: Ceteris paribus and that the already accumulated imbalances are manageable.

When most eurozone countries finance themselves at negative rates for
up to seven to ten years, there is no reason to maintain current rates
and stimuli.

The central planner can say that bond yields are low due to market
demand, but when the Central Bank supplants the market by injecting,
repurchasing maturities, and announcing more monetary stimuli, the
placebo effect in the real economy is imperceptible and the risk in
financial assets is huge. The huge injection of the money supply goes to
other risk assets in search of a diminishing yield.

The eurozone has been in stagnation for several months, with many
leading indicators worsening, and it is not due to lack of stimulus, but
due to excess.

  1. 64% of the sovereign debt of the eurozone hs negative yields.
    Five trillion euros. Completely unjustified looking at solvency,
    liquidity, or growth ratios.
  2. Junk bonds are at the lowest yield
    in thirty years, while the rating agencies warn that the solvency and
    liquidity ratios have not improved. The BIS warned of the increase of
    zombie companies, eternally refinanced at low rates despite not being
    able to cover their interest expenses with operating profit. Meanwhile,
    companies on the verge of bankruptcy are financed at rates of 3.5-4%.
  3. The
    multiples paid for infrastructure assets have soared in little more
    than half a decade and now no one is surprised to see 19 times EBITDA
    paid for assets driven by low rates and cheap debt.
  4. Excess liquidity reached 1.2 trillion euros. It has multiplied sevenfold since the launch of the repurchase program.
  5. The
    debt of non-financial companies in the eurozone remains above 78% of
    GDP, according to Standard and Poor’s, above the cycle maximum of the
    fourth quarter of 2008.

Many say that nothing has happened
yet, although it is more than debatable, according to bankruptcies of
financial entities and increase of zombie companies. However, the fact
that there has not been a massive financial crisis yet does not mean
that the bubble is not being inflated. And when that bubble is in
several assets at once, there are no macroprudential measures to cover
the risk.

The problem of central planners is one of diagnosis. They think that
if credit does not grow as much as they think it should grow and
investment and growth are not what they estimated, it is because more
stimulus is needed. Many ignore the effect of overcapacity, excess debt
and demographics while carrying out the greatest transfer of wealth from
savers and the productive economy to the indebted.

Calls for prudence and risk analysis measures would be much more
effective if misallocation of capital was not encouraged by the policy
itself. We must be aware that lower rates and more liquidity will not
improve the economy, but they may generate a dangerous boomerang effect on risk assets.

Lagarde faces two difficult options. On one side, continue with
negative rates and liquidity injections which perpetuate overcapacity,
make governments avoid structural reforms, and stagnate the economy. On
the other side, normalizing monetary policy would show the artificially
low yields of sovereign debt as unsustainable.  She needs to face
reality. The eurozone does not need more monetary stimulus or government
spending, it needs less interventionism.

Originally published at dlacalle.com

*About the author: Daniel Lacalle has a PhD in Economics and is author of Escape from the Central Bank Trap, Life In The Financial Markets and The Energy World Is Flat.

Source: This article was published by the MISES Institute

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Nathan’s Famous buyer sold property to city for twice the price

The buyer-turned-seller of a storied Nathan’s Famous made a pretty penny in the trade-off to the city’s School Construction Authority, according to city records.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot property at 650 86th St. — on the border of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights — had been an outpost of the fast food giant for more than four decades. It was sold in October 2018 to “660 86 LLC,” which sources at the time said pointed to Efthimios Zisimopoulos, a.k.a. Tim Ziss, of Allied Properties.

An Agreement of Sale confirms Ziss’ affiliation, and a new deed for the property, dated June 25, shows that — while he paid approximately $12.25 million for the property — the SCA dished out about double.

The agency, which is responsible for the acquisition, design and construction of public schools in New York City, paid $25 million for the site, according to the deed.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the corner plot would become a nearly 600-seat middle school in one of the city’s most notoriously overcrowded school districts. District 20 – which encompasses Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and portions of Sunset Park and Borough Park – has a shortfall of nearly 11,000 seats, SCA reps said at a contentious public hearing on the site in March.

While residents argued the site’s location (citing pedestrian safety, congestion and parking, among other issues), SCA spokesperson Tamar Smith stressed the urgent need for more schools in the area. (Smith did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.)

Still, some have wondered whether the hefty price-tag comes at an even higher cost for the city.

“The property isn’t worth more than $12 million, so paying more than double seems completely insane and an unbelievable waste of precious taxpayer money,” someone keeping tabs on Brooklyn real estate, and who wished to remain anonymous, told the Brooklyn Eagle. “How can this even happen?”

According to city records, while the Nathan’s site is among the most expensive of the SCA’s latest acquisitions, it has handed over as much as $75 million in the past for a Manhattan site on Spruce Street. Earlier this year, it paid $20 million for a large site in Staten Island, and another $17.5 million for the school it plans to build on just part of the massive Angel Guardian Home plot in Dyker Heights.

But, not all buys break the bank. The former site of St. Rosalia Church, also in Dyker Heights — cost the SCA just under $10 million in February. One month before, the SCA purchased a property in Sunset Park for just $1.25 million.

Looking at size and scope, the old St. Rosalia Church is slated to become a 350-seat primary school, while the Nathan’s site will serve close to double the students. Meanwhile, the Spruce Street site is now home to P.S. 397, a pre-K-8 school of the same enrollment size (just under 600) that makes the newest District 20 site feel like a steal.

Councilmember Justin Brannan, who represents Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and parts of Bensonhurst, stood by the deal — and the need for more sites.

“I’m not sure how anyone could suggest building a new school in one of the most overcrowded districts in the entire city is a waste of taxpayer money. That’s just insane,” he told the Eagle. “We must continue to do whatever we can to improve education for all of our children. Failure to improve our schools is simply not an option.”

A phone call to a number associated with Allied Properties was not immediately returned. (Its answering machine thanked the Eagle for contacting “Axiom Management.”) The Department of Education also did not respond to requests for comment.

A message was also left at the office of Community Education Council 20.

 

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Aimee Richter talks about the importance of bar associations with Brooklyn Law School

In a conversation with Brooklyn Law School (BLS), former Brooklyn Bar Association President Aimee Richter and two other bar association leaders talked about the importance of bar associations for attorneys who are trying to develop their careers.

Richter was joined by Marie-Eleana First, president of the Queens County Bar Association, and Elena Karabatos, president of the Nassau County Bar Association, in a discussion about the importance of face-to-face conversations in creating a professional network.

“As a 25-year-old, right out of law school, I joined the Brooklyn Bar Association and, ever since, it has helped me develop my professional relationships,” Richter said. “It offers so many opportunities to meet leaders of the Brooklyn legal community. Looking back, the people I met through the bar association — when I was just starting out in my career — are now my friends, many of whom have gone on to become judges and politicians.”

Queens Bar Association President Marie-Eleana First explained that students should take advantage of free membership in local bar associations.
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Richter, a BLS graduate, is a partner in the firm Lee Anav Chung White Kim Ruger and Richter LLP, and is co-chair of the firm’s matrimonial and family law practice group. She is a member of the Committee of Character and Fitness for the Second, 10th and 13th Judicial Districts, and is special master to mediate matrimonial and family law appeals in the Appellate Division, First Department.

Richter said that it has been a challenge to make the case to younger attorneys who use social media such as LinkedIn to network that bar associations offer potentially greater value.

“I sit on the Character and Fitness Committee for the Second Department, and when I am doing interviews with the students, I stress the importance and value of joining,” Richter said. “There are lots of benefits for new lawyers like free continuing legal education, networking and mentoring.”

First pointed out that bar association membership is free for law school students and that they should join as soon as they can to get a start on building a professional network.

“We started a student ambassadorship program, in which we have two student representatives from each law school act as liaisons between the law school and the bar association,” First said. “Our student ambassadors share information about our bar to the law students and also help our bar to coordinate its networking events, panels and mentorship program.

“In this way, lawyers and law students can better engage with each other, fostering goodwill and deeper connections. We also have writing opportunities for students, including contests that recognize articles and law notes.”

Richter also pointed out that bar association membership is a good way for law school students and attorneys to make a difference in their communities.

“We have a volunteer lawyer network and a referral system to get representation where it is needed,” she said. “We have been setting up many foreclosure clinics. We responded with legal help after Hurricane Sandy in New York and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“Recently, we have been working to protect children and families from being separated,” Richter continued. “We also have our Foundation Law Programs for the Public Committee, which provides legal information and help with many issues, such as housing rights, foreclosure, divorce and immigration. Younger lawyers today are more interested in social justice issues and being a part of the bar association gives them a way to galvanize and work with a larger group of lawyers committed to those same causes.”

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: EDNY and Federal Bar Association host fourth annual EDNY Justice Institute

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the EDNY Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are hosting their fourth annual EDNY Justice Institute at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip next week.

The institute is a week-long civics education program led by Judge Joseph Bianco to teach 10th graders the workings of the federal court and the criminal justice system. It was developed by the Second Circuit’s civics education initiative — Justice for All: Courts and the Community.

The students will hear from a whole array of professionals who work in the court including five federal judges, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini, two FBI agents, a U.S. Secret Service agent, an ATF special agent, a deputy U.S. marshal, federal prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers.

They will also sit in on actual court proceedings and a naturalization ceremony, and will discuss those events with a judge afterwards.

The week ends with a mock trial competition on Friday during which students will compete after learning basic advocacy skills from experienced federal practitioners. Students from Touro Law Center and other law schools are going to mentor the 80 high school students expect to participate in the mock trial tournament.

There will be an awards luncheon on Friday, as well, at which Kristin Fleschner will serve as the keynote speaker. Fleschner, who is blind and currently training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014 and works in the U.S. Department of State on human rights issues.

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Russian Navy servicemen console each other ahead of a funeral service for 14 sailors who died in a submarine fire in the Barents Sea.

Russian Navy servicemen console each other ahead of a funeral service for 14 sailors who died in a submarine fire in the Barents Sea. 

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Here’s how the Kremlin handled devastating flooding, the second-deadliest submarine disaster since the Kursk, and an expletive-laden tirade targeting President Vladimir Putin. Also, does an over-the-top marriage-proposal video mirror Moscow’s foreign policy tactics?

Here are some of the key developments in Russia over the past week and some of the takeaways going forward.
Legacy Of The Kursk
Vladimir Putin is said to have learned lessons from the PR disaster that came hand-in-hand with the horrific human tragedy of the sinking of the nuclear submarine Kursk three months into his first presidential term in 2000.
When he made the trip north to the Arctic 10 days after the accident, having stayed in subtropical Sochi at first, Putin was berated or blasted by some of the relatives of the 118 crewmen who were killed — with one widow saying that he was “not a president” but a “stooge.”
So you might think one of the lessons learned would have been to go to the site or to the spots where relatives live: Go early and, if necessary, often. Another lesson, given the criticism of the Kremlin for the delayed announcement and the air of secrecy surrounding the demise of the Kursk and its crew, might be to loosen the lips and speak frankly and openly about an accident at sea.
But the conduct of Putin and other officials after the fire that Russian authorities say killed 14 sailors aboard a submersible on the Barents Sea floor on July 1 suggests that the lessons he learned were close to the opposite: Don’t go north, don’t meet the relatives — at least publicly — and keep Russians and the West guessing by managing the morsels of information you release.

The “very fact” of the fire, as Russians say, was not revealed until a day after it occurred, and while media outlets have identified the vessel that appears to have been involved, officially neither its make nor its mission has been confirmed.
While the sinking of the Kursk reverberated far beyond the Russian military, whose status and circumstances have in many ways mirrored those of the nation as a whole since the Soviet collapse, the Kremlin seems determined to make the submarine fire a purely military matter.

Conveniently, the classified nature of the vessel and its mission — while allowing for speculation ranging from the most harmless of activities to some that might seem more likely, given the number of relatively senior officers killed — has also enabled the officials to cite the need for secrecy when they refuse to disclose information.

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Putin’s laconic spokesman did so in particularly laconic fashion on July 3, repeatedly making clear to reporters that, just because the Kremlin had a piece of information, that didn’t mean they would get to hear it.
“The commander-in-chief has all the information at his disposal, but, naturally, that information cannot be released openly to the public,” said the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, turning a daily talk with journalists into a trolling session. “We’re talking about top-secret information, so in this case, it is entirely normal that it’s not being released.”
‘Catastrophe On A Planetary Scale’
Asked whether there was a nuclear reactor aboard the vessel — something Putin chose to confirm a day later, on national television, adding that it was not damaged — Peskov said that was not a question for the Kremlin because “we don’t build ships.” He then referred a reporter to the Defense Ministry, one of five times he did so during the brief briefing.
Compared to the Kursk, the lower death toll in the submarine fire may have helped keep the issue from exploding in Putin’s face. From the start he suggested it was perhaps the price to pay for security, stressing that sub was “not an ordinary vessel” and that the seamen on board were “highly qualified professionals.”

Amid the dearth of information about the incident, one assertion stood out: At a funeral service for victims, held in Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg but not attended by the president, a high-ranking military officer reportedly said that the crew had “averted a planetary-scale catastrophe.”
That was presumably a reference to the nuclear reactor, whose allegedly undamaged status was one of the few details doled out by Moscow. But Peskov professed ignorance of the remark and it was widely taken with a grain of salt rather than a dose of iodine. “You can’t have it both ways: you can’t insist on secrecy and then say you’ve saved the world,” one journalist tweeted.
Devastating Floods
While the submarine fire took place out of sight, at sea and under sea, the effects of the floods that have hit Siberia — killing at least 25 people and displacing many others by destroying more than 10,000 homes – have been on stark view above the drastically high water line.

Some officials have broadly blamed global warning for the disaster. But some victims say the authorities in the Irkutsk Oblast gave them no warning, leaving them helpless to prepare and aggravating the effects.
In a column in the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, analyst Yulia Latynina wrote that blame should be laid less on nature than on three man-made factors: logging, for the purpose of “selling timber to China,” a dam that was built in 2008 in the hard-hit city of Tulun, and the construction of fragile homes on a floodplain by people struggling to get by.
“Poverty is always the worst ecological catastrophe,” Latynina wrote.

In other environment-related news, Putin raised eyebrows — and seemed to lend support to the extraction of fossil fuels crucial to Russia’s economy — by wondering “how many birds are dying” as a result of wind turbines and voicing concern that “they shake, causing worms to come out of the soil.”
Like a number of things that Putin has said before, though, he has said it — in 2013, according to a journalist who checked the Kremlin website.
TV Tirade
Putin was on the receiving end of far more controversial remarks when a Georgian TV host unleashed an expletive-laden tirade in which he called the Russian president, among other things, a “stinking occupier” — an apparent reference to the Russian forces that remain in two breakaway Georgian regions 11 years after a war in 2008, and a “walrus c***” — an apparent reference to, um, not sure.
One effect the rant may have had was to underscore that much of the anger that has flared in Georgia since a Russian lawmaker sat in the Georgian parliament speaker’s chair during a conference in Tbilisi on June 20 has been focused more on Putin and the Russian state than on the Russian people.

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On the Russian side, the tirade enabled Putin to do one of the things he does sometimes: Use parliament, pro-Kremlin pundits, and state media to set things up for a tough move — and then take a softer tack, in what appears to be an effort to come across as a wise, restrained leader who is too responsible and reasonable to give in to emotions, as understandable as they may be.
In this case, the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament house, unanimously backed a resolution urging the government to draft sanctions against Georgia, potentially including a ban on Georgian wine imports.

But Putin, whose decree banning direct passenger flights between Russia and Georgia had taken effect a day earlier, said he would stay away from sanctions “out of respect for the Georgian people.”
Of course, it makes sense that Putin silenced the call for sanctions at this stage, because their imposition in response to the ad hominem insults might have looked pretty petty and thin-skinned. Instead, he dismissed his critic as a “scumbag” and pointedly took the high road, at least for now.
‘Creepy, Controlling’
Another approach Putin sometimes takes in diplomatic signaling is to mix warnings or threats, direct or insinuated, with assertions that he wants warmer ties.

In his annual state-of-the-nation speech in February, for example, Putin rattled off the names of several missiles, urging U.S. policymakers to calculate “the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing” — and then stating that “Russia wants to have sound, equal, and friendly relations with the United States.”
This combination of scare tactics and calls for closer ties seemed strangely mirrored, in a way, in a startling video of a marriage proposal that one Twitter user who posted it described as “just [expletive deleted] nuts.”

In it, a couple is pulled over on a roadside and forced at gunpoint to sprawl on the hood of their car by camouflage-clad men in black balaclavas. After a harrowing minute of what would presumably be abject fear on the part of the woman if she was not in on the performance, the man gets on one knee, proffers a ring, and proposes. A gunman produces a bouquet and the couple embraces, so the answer was clearly ‘yes.’
Tweets and retweets of the video elicited numerous comments, of course. Among them was a tweet that read, in part: “Creepy, controlling, using threats of violence under the guise of ‘romance.’”

 

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Here’s how the Kremlin handled devastating flooding, the second-deadliest submarine disaster since the Kursk, and an expletive-laden tirade targeting President Vladimir Putin. Also, does an over-the-top marriage-proposal video mirror Moscow’s foreign policy tactics?

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President Donald Trump said during a Friday press appearance that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) “is not a racist,” responding to comments from freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez implying that the speaker holds racist opinions.

“Cortez should treat Nancy Pelosi with respect. She should not be doing what she’s doing,” Trump said. “And I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do. She is not a racist, okay? She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.”

Trump also mentioned Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), saying that “if half of the things they’re saying about her are true, she shouldn’t even be in office.” He added that Ocasio-Cortez and Omar, as well as Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), are “being very disrespectful” to Pelosi.

Pelosi and the so-called “squad” of freshman congresswomen have been engaged in a feud since the four took office in January. The tensions snapped earlier this week, when Pelosi downplayed the four’s influence over Congress in an interview with the New York Times.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Ocasio-Cortez shot back with a tweet criticizing Pelosi.

Pelosi later told House Democratic leaders not to criticize her in public.

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,” Pelosi said, according to the Hill.

Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her pushback, implying that Pelosi’s rhetoric might be motivated by racial animus.

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post on Wednesday. “But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Rep. Lacy Clay (D., Mo.), who is black, called out Ocasio-Cortez for her comments on Pelosi.
“You’re getting push back so you resort to using the race card?” he asked. “Unbelievable.”

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“By attributing IRA’s conduct to “Russia”—as opposed to Russian individuals or entities—the Report suggests that the activities alleged in the indictment were undertaken on behalf of, if not at the direction of, the Russian government.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… #CIA #ODNI #FBI pic.twitter.com/Kbrh7YBz0u
“Rule 57.7… “not to release or authorize the release of information or opinion . . . if there is a reasonable likelihood that such dissemination will interfere with a fair trial or otherwise prejudice the due administration of justice.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… pic.twitter.com/DSN4hsdPCq
” the government is summarizing the allegations in the indictment which remain unproven, and, two, the government does not express an opinion on the defendant’s guilt or innocence or the strength of the evidence in this case.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… pic.twitter.com/Rv3ST11Nx8
“Court… ordered the government “to refrain from making or authorizing any public statement that links the alleged conspiracy in the indictment to the Russian government or its agencies.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… pic.twitter.com/1IetAmSU81
“Concord’s main contention is that the Special Counsel’s Report… improperly suggested a link between the defendants and the Russian government and expressed an opinion about the defendants’ guilt and the evidence against them.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… pic.twitter.com/moESTzwjDu
“the Court has entered an order limiting public statements about this case moving forward and cautions the government that any future violations of that order will trigger a range of potential sanctions.” Judge Dabney L. Friedrich assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… pic.twitter.com/E2QgDgWFCJ
“…Maté pointed out that the Mueller report used “qualified and vague language to describe key events,” indicating that the investigators have not established for certain if DNC emails were stolen by Russia or leaked by an insider” rt.com/usa/463880-jud… pic.twitter.com/q74Ho79lAB
CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2019/…
“The ruling is “a major blow to the entire ‘Russian Active Measures’ talking point,” journalist Aaron Maté argued on Twitter. The Internet Research Agency put out “juvenile clickbait mostly unrelated to the election,” and is a private entity…” rt.com/usa/463880-jud… pic.twitter.com/A8Q1uyzb3E
“Americans assume that Russians and Russia are the same thing. But they’re not, any more than an individual American and the Trump administration are the same thing,” he told #RT. rt.com/usa/463880-jud… pic.twitter.com/oqcxU7bWV9
“It’s quite a dramatic ruling,” Lazare said. “Essentially what it says is that half of Mueller’s case doesn’t make any sense, it has no evidence to back it up.” rt.com/usa/463880-jud… pic.twitter.com/DwPye7vR8V
#RT: “Mueller’s charges against Concord…, accused of running a “troll farm” and “sowing discord” on US social media in 2016, do not establish a link between that private company and the Russian government” – US District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich rt.com/usa/463880-jud… #FBI pic.twitter.com/zOGwluY9sM
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“By attributing IRA’s conduct to “Russia”—as opposed to Russian individuals or entities—the Report suggests that the activities alleged in the indictment were undertaken on behalf of, if not at the direction of, the Russian government.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6185… #CIA #ODNI #FBI pic.twitter.com/Kbrh7YBz0u

“By attributing IRA’s conduct to “Russia”—as opposed to Russian individuals or entities—the Report suggests that the activities alleged in the indictment were undertaken on behalf of, if not at the direction of, the Russian government.”

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unproven, and, two, the government does not express an opinion on the defendant’s guilt or innocence or the strength of the evidence in this case.”
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As we prepare for the congressional testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller next Wednesday, we thought it would be helpful to tune into the Talking Feds podcast, which taped a series of live shows in Washington, D.C., this week, co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. On Thursday, there were two live panels focusing on Mueller, including one that previewed his upcoming testimony. Hosted by Washington Post opinion columnist and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman, the panel featured former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Matt Miller, former senior Justice Department official; and Tim Lynch, former deputy general counsel to the House Oversight Committee. Here, in brief, are five key takeaways from their discussion to bear in mind next Wednesday.

Congress: Don’t Swing for the Fences
Lynch set the tone of the conversation early with an important insight: “If you try to swing for the fences, oftentimes it falls flat. What they need to do is use this opportunity as a reset button. Barr was successful in his misinformation campaign around the report, and so this is an opportunity—since most Americans haven’t read the report—to educate the public….”

It is unfortunately true that the Mueller report was received with confusion or indifference by much of the American public. Thanks, in large measure, to Attorney General Bill Barr’s PR campaign on behalf of President Donald Trump and the long delay in the report’s release, some people were led to believe that Mueller’s work exonerated the president. By honing in on the report’s most damning revelations about the president’s conduct, Democrats in Congress will try to disrupt that exculpatory narrative and to shift the needle of public perception. Matt Miller made the point bluntly that there was a time when the Mueller investigation was broadly seen as an “existential threat” to the Trump administration, but that time has now passed. Democratic members have to acknowledge that is the current political state of play regardless of whether they support impeachment or not.

Mueller is Going to be a Reluctant Witness

Andrew McCabe emphasized that Mueller “is going to be a reluctant witness. On his best and most cooperative days, the director is not a strong witness because he’s dramatic or he’s verbose or because he lays out a narrative in a way that other witnesses do. He’s a strong witness because he knows his facts, he’s been impeccably prepared, and he’ll answer questions directly.” As such, McCabe counseled direct, leading questions that would lay out the elements of criminal obstruction of justice and demonstrate that the president’s conduct satisfies them.

Lynch proposed a more indirect strategy of asking Mueller to describe the substantial evidence of obstruction he uncovered in “his own words.” If he proves to be a more forthcoming witness than many anticipate, such a strategy could work well, but members should be ready to pursue both approaches.

The GOP Strategy Will Likely Have Two Elements: Confuse and Delay

“Poor questioning,” the appearance of a “food fight” and “partisan bickering” will all impede the effectiveness of the hearing in shifting public perception. As such, Republicans can be counted upon to use their questioning time to make speeches that muddy the waters. Repeating false assertions about the investigation’s underpinnings and its conclusions has worked well as a strategy in the weeks since the report’s release, and there is no reason to suppose that it will be abandoned during the two hours that Mueller faces each committee. The only limiting factor to that approach is the risk of appearing hysterical in contrast to composed Democrats and a no-nonsense witness.

There is also, as Klain pointed out, the possibility that some Republican members will ask questions designed to solicit answers that are helpful to them. “I think he will give more answers that are helpful [to Republicans] than people believe,” he added.

Don’t Forget the Deputies

Congress should remain resolute in its insistence that Mueller’s deputies — Aaron Zebley and James L. Quarles III — appear before the committees, albeit behind closed doors. The panelists expressed the view that the deputies may prove more forthcoming than Mueller in response to questions about the management of the investigation itself. Specifically, Democrats must determine why the investigation concluded when it did, why Mueller did not take the president to court to compel an interview, and why such matters as the connections between the Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, Cambridge Analytica and Russia are only half-addressed in Volume I of the final report. Insight into the internal discussions within the investigation could be a critical component in framing the oversight agenda going forward.

The Stakes are Real, Act Like It

Democrats owe it the American people to be well prepared when they question Mueller. The House Judiciary Committee is roughly twice the size of the House Intelligence Committee, with the result that many of the most junior members are unlikely to speak due to the time constraints. This is unfortunate as several freshmen Democrats this year have already outshone the old guard as incise questioners. Those members who do get a chance to participate should coordinate with one another to avoid repetition. They should also resist the urge to make grandstanding speeches, and, instead, keep their lines of inquiry focused. Overly ambitious questioning, particularly when exchanges are limited to five minutes, can derail the hearing’s momentum and rarely produces useful testimony.

Even if impeachment and removal remain as far off the table at the end of Mueller’s testimony as they appear to be today, Democrats must remember that they are shaping issues and narratives that will be central to the 2020 election. “A lot of our democratic norms are on the ballot,” Klain concluded. “If Trump gets four more years and continues to go down the path that he is [on], ideas like an independent Justice Department or a federal law enforcement agency that’s insulated from politics will be eroded … beyond comprehension, beyond measure.” In order other words, in 16 months we will hold a national referendum on the rule of law in the United States. In light of that fact, even if next Wednesday’s hearings with Mueller are not the home runs some might hope for, it is important that the committees get on base.

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M.N.: Past, former, and questionable GRU workers (plenty of them, and the very hungry and unprincipled stock at that, selling themselves for anything to anyone) ARE NOT the present GRU, and they might be used as the misleading covers. Prove this important link!
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M.N.: To sum up the Concord case and the ruling: 1) “Russian persons” and “entities” are not the Russian government, and this link was not proven or demonstrated sufficiently 2) Do not try the legal cases in the courts of mass media, this is not justice but prejudice.

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A Robert Mueller with a surprisingly frail voice took to the lectern on May 29, 2019. Visibly uncomfortable, he delivered a puzzling address to reporters curious about the strangely timed press conference. Mueller spoke for a few minutes until arriving at what now appears to be the real purpose of the press conference: damage control.

“As the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation, where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an election,” he said. “These indictments contain allegations, and we are not commenting on the guilt or the innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

We already knew at the point that Mueller had worked with Attorney General William Barr to redact the report to remove references which could harm “ongoing investigations,” or infringe on the privacy of “peripheral third parties.” But he overlooked one category in redactions: Prosecutors aren’t supposed to try cases in newspapers and press conferences.

Are Press Conferences Customary—or Appropriate?

In his effort to seem fair and conciliatory to his old friend Mueller, Barr told America that, “As the special counsel’s report makes clear, the Russian government sought to interfere in our election. But thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign…”

Mueller’s report said something similar: “the investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through the ‘active measures’ social media campaign carried out by the IRA, an organization funded by Prigozhin and companies that he controlled.”

Recall that after the Department of Justice (DOJ) held a dramatic press conference announcing indictments of Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the American presidential election, one of those defendants, Concord, hired an attorney to fight back. That case, as I’ve written here and here, has turned into a disaster for the DOJ and America’s cherished traditions of freedom of speech.

“Russia interfered in the election” became such an established truth of the mainstream press that expressing skepticism would be labeled a “conspiracy theory.” But now, in open court, an attorney representing the Department of Justice has admitted that the Russian government had nothing to do with the internet troll farm case.

Mueller and Barr’s reckless publicity of unproven “Russian interference” allegations as “established” confronted federal Judge Dabney L. Freidrich with a challenge to her authority to preside over a trial to determine whether Concord is guilty of anything. Again, the Mueller report publicly pronounced that the Mueller team “established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through the ‘active measures’ social media campaign.” Really?  So why are we even bothering to have a trial if the government has already “established” that Concord is guilty?

DOJ Won’t Tie Russian Government to Troll Farm

A newly released transcript reveals details of a humiliating hearing that took place the day before Mueller’s puzzling press conference. The judge asked the prosecutor, “Can you address also the specific tie to the Russian government, which is the overarching comment that the attorney general made tying both this case and then the case involving the hacking and the release of the e-mails, the GRU case, to the Russian government?”

Buckle up, buttercup, because you’re not going to believe DOJ’s response: “The report doesn’t say that.” What? I thought we “knew” that the Russian government committed an act of war by posting politically charged information on the internet. Now the DOJ is backing away from any tie between the internet troll farm and the Russian government?

The DOJ has now admitted that the Mueller report “itself does not state anywhere that the Russian government was behind the Internet Research Agency [and Concord] activity.” Whoa. The judge then asked, “So it is the government’s position that tying Concord and its co-defendants to the Russian government is not prejudicial?”

In the subsequent order, Judge Freidrich wrote:  “On May 29, 2019, following the Court’s hearing, the Special Counsel held a press conference…[in which he] carefully distinguished between the efforts by ‘Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military’ and the efforts of” Concord. This, the Judge found, made the criminal contempt proceedings she contemplated against Mueller’s team “unnecessary and excessive under the circumstances.”

A narrow escape it was indeed. Freidrich found that both the release of the Mueller report and Barr’s statements boosting the report violated DC Rule 57.7 prohibiting lawyers from trying cases in the press. Judge Freidrich rejected the government’s argument that the Mueller report did not smear Concord with unproven links to the Russian government.

Russia or Russian Entities?

“By attributing [the conduct] to ‘Russia’-as opposed to Russian individuals or entities—the report suggests that [Concord’s internet activities] were undertaken on behalf of, if not at the direction of the Russian government,” she wrote. Remember, the government has now denied in court that it even alleged Concord worked for the Russian government to post political messages on the internet.

The government, Freidrich found, “violated a standing court rule” by making these public pronouncements that intruded upon the question to be tried in her courtroom. To save Mueller’s team from “criminal contempt,” Freidrich exercised her discretion to decline to “initiate criminal contempt proceedings in response to the government’s Rule 57.7 violation.”

With the benefit of these newly unsealed documents from Judge Freidrich’s court, we now can see that Mueller’s May 29, 2019 press conference, held the day after the hearing on Concord’s contempt motion, must have been a desperate but successful effort to avoid the wrath of a judge whose authority Mueller insulted by “concluding” the guilt of defendants yet to be tried. And in that desperate effort, the U.S. government threw overboard the key assumption that the Russian government (as opposed to freelancing Russians) was behind the dubious internet troll case.

All over the world, private citizens try to influence American politics using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other internet-based application that offers some promise of playing a role in the most important political contests in the world. Is that a bad thing? If you believe in robust free speech, it isn’t.

Should we criminalize foreigners who attempt to out Joe Biden’s son or foreigners who attempt to out Donald Trump’s son-in-law? Does your answer depend on who gets embarrassed by the information?

Adam Mill is a pen name. He works in Kansas City, Missouri as an attorney specializing in labor and employment and public administration law. Adam has contributed to The Federalist, American Greatness, and The Daily Caller.

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