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On Oct. 27, major news sources reported that multiple indictments were about to be handed down by the grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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That same day Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said about Mueller: “He should resign, I take the position that we shouldn’t have a special counsel at this time.”

Johnson’s call to have Mueller resign and to leave the special counsel role vacant is a blatant attempt to provide cover for any and all of those within the Trump campaign who may have violated the law. As such, it must be regarded as a serious threat to the principle of the rule of law in our country.

The question of how much Trump campaign team officials, from lowest to highest levels, may have been working together with agents of the Russian government is yet to be answered. Answers can only come from a full investigation, led by an individual empowered to bring indictments as warranted. Sen. Johnson’s call for a Senate or House report, instead of an appropriate investigation, is a clear and unmistakable attempt to shut the door on an effective pursuit of the facts.

Sen. Johnson is choosing to join in the efforts of President Trump to undermine those investigating Trump’s aides. We all recall Trump’s reported interactions with former FBI Director James Comey. Under oath, Comey testified in June that he was told by Trump: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” Michael Flynn had served both as a Trump campaign advisor and as President Trump’s national security director. Comey refused to be intimidated, and continued the investigation despite this severely inappropriate pressure. Comey was subsequently fired by Trump.

President Trump has also made it clear that he should be allowed to define the scope of Mueller’s investigation. The New York Times reported July 20 on an interview with the President. Trump insisted that Mr. Mueller would be going outside his mandate if he were to begin investigating matters such as his personal finances. It is completely unacceptable for the president of the United States to use his bully pulpit in an effort to limit the scope of a criminal investigation.

Giving his farewell address, President Obama eloquently warned us how high the stakes would become if the next administration tried to place itself above the law. Obama declared: “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.”

If the rule of law is to be upheld, if President Theodore Roosevelt’s principle— “No man is above the law”— is to be kept, the American people need to tell President Trump, Senator Johnson and anyone else who tries to block full investigation that this needs to stop. We the people are entitled to know about any Russian meddling in our election. And if any campaign officials broke the law, appropriate consequences must be brought to bear. The future of our democracy rests upon our insistence that our laws receive faithful adherence.

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Buggs Raplin

Breaking News from Infowars and Alex Jones

Alex: The fake news mainstream media are reporting the death of Cassandra. By way of explanation, Cassandra is a Trump-hating social justice warrior fighting to stop the global warming thing. We turn now to reporter David Knight..
David: Alex, Infowars has learned Cassandra is not dead. More fake news. Reporter Millie Weaver is in the La Crosse area. We go to her now..
Millie: I am here in La Crosse at the palatial mansion of truth-teller Buggs Raplin. Buggs, what you found out?
Buggs: Millie, Cassandra is alive. I located her address through one of my sources. I knocked on her door, and she answered. Man, her furnace was going full blast. Must have been 80 degrees in her house.
Millie: Any solar panels?
Buggs: None, and her car was in the driveway
Millie: Buggs, is this the same woman that posted an avatar of a feature of a solar-powered home as proof she had a solar powered home.
Buggs: The one and the same
Millie: Buggs, is this person like playing with a deck of 51
Buggs: That's a good way of putting it, Millie.
Millie: David, Alex, back to you
Alex: Good work, Millie. We have video of Cassandra from Wednesday night howling at the moon.
(Video plays)
Alex: Good lord. She sounded just like a werewolf
David: Indeed, she did
Alex: Coming up, Infowars speaks to Tim Russell, still searching for the missing link.

Tim Russell

Why wouldI talk to fake news outlets?

Buggs Raplin

I have no idea? Why did you?

Tim Russell

Another of your fantasized victories?

oldhomey

Buggs Raplin. The man who can't win an argument because his are always based on mistruths and outright lies. To assuage his own feelings of superiority, he sits around making up elaborate stories on how he bested people who expose his dishonesty.

Buggs Raplin

Thanks for the laugh, POO. How are things at the Tribune. Haven't seen anything from the "Ethics" columnist lately. What's up with that?

oldhomey

I dunno, Buggs. I am surprised, however, that you would have any interest at all in an ethics column, as it is a topic that demonstrably doesn't touch your life or way of operating in the world.

Buggs Raplin

For someone who works at the Tribune I figured you would know why Mr. Kyte has not been writing his column.

oldhomey

Why do so many of your posts only have a "report" option under them, Buggs. And who is Mr. Kyte? You seem to know the Tribune personnel and their assigned tasks far better than I do. Are YOU a plant? If so, you should get sprayed for aphids, as they seem to be rotting your mind.

Cassandra

Perhaps, Chippy, you should examine your life (or lack of same) and look at why you are so hell bent on spinning fantasies about others. Look closely at why you are committed to contrarianism and so averse to facts. It really is sociopathic.

Buggs Raplin

Breaking News...Off Topic Breaking News...Breaking News

An unconfirmed report states that Cassandra aka "Cassie" has died. Cassie was last seen on Wednesday howling at the sky in the company of Tribune employee and undercover CIA operative oldhomey. Cassie was a regular contributor to the Tribune's web site engendering a new phenomenon known as "Cassie Facts." If Cassie agreed with a fact, it was, indeed, a fact. If she disagreed with a fact, it wasn't a fact. Cassie apparently died from exposure in her solar-powered home. She was found with a chicken drum stick in her hand. Mayor Kabat has designated Tuesday as a day of mourning. It's reported that kingman10 and johnnybraggati are besides themselves with grief and Tim Russell is still searching for a link. Cassie's nemesis, Buggs Raplin, told this reporter he tried to warn Cassie on the danger of just relying on solar power during a Wisconsin winter, but his warnings went unheeded. Buggs said he'll miss seeing his picture on the Trib web site. Cassie's death has shaken the global warming community in La Crosse. The 3 Amigos, Larry, Ron, and Vince, issued a statement praising Cassie for her fight to save the planet. Again, this is an unconfirmed report. The Tribune will continue its coverage on the death of Cassandra.

Tim Russell

We're still waiting for Chip DeNure (AKA Buggs Raplin) to produce a SINGLE link to an article or video to back up his claim that “Even the MSM has reported that the DNC denied the FBI access to its server after it had been supposedly hacked “. He can't provide ANY evidence to back up his claim, but continues to spin his paranoid fantasies and claims them as the gospel truth. What a sad, pathetic little sociopath.

Buggs Raplin

[smile] I may be a sociopath, but I'm a happy guy nonetheless.

Tim Russell

Really?
I am not sure how anyone with no family and no friends can really be happy.

Cassandra

Chippy never provides proof of anything. He lobs "lie bombs" and then disappears into his meth lab to scour conspiracy sites.

oldhomey

Gosh, Buggs, I beg you to stop with your hilarious parodies! I just got back from the emergency room after falling off my chair, laughing SO hard from your incomparable humor in your 5:49pm post. Tell us the truth, Buggs. You're secretly a skit writer for SNL, right? There's no way a wit like yours could be hidden away for long in a small town newspaper comment section like this. You are so funny that Webster had to put an extra "t" in wit just for you, making you a twit, I guess.

Buggs Raplin

Even the MSM has reported that the DNC denied the FBI access to its server after it had been supposedly hacked, which would have been a crime. Gee, isn't it the FBI's duty to investigate crimes? Google CNN, theHill, and Bloomberg on this issue. Here's the deal: Comey did nothing. He caved into Hillary, and now Comey's good friend, Mueller, is investigating Russian collusion in the hacking of the DNC server. Talk about a CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

Tim Russell

Please provide just 1 link to an MSM article that says the DNC denied the FBI access to their servers after the report that their servers had been hacked.
Just one!

Buggs Raplin

Try a google: "DNC denies FBI access to their server."

Tim Russell

I did. None says that the DNC denied the FBI access to their servers.
Please come up with one that says they did.

Tim Russell

Yeah, I thought so.
Did you fantasize another victory?

patssy70

Mueller should resign?? WHY? Getting too close to the corruption and collusion of Trump and his buddies. Keep bringing up Hillary to deflect attention away form the real criminas. Johnson must be in on the take or he wouldn't be so worried.

new2Lax

Mueller has got as close as he will get. Going back to 2006 to get Manafort on something unrelated to Russia in his business dealings seems unseemly. Either you have something or you don't and it looks like he has zip. Now Hillary is another story, GPS Fusion has admitted to purchasing information from the Russians today. Simpson will be cooperating with the committee under oath to avoid being subpoenaed but still can be subpoenaed if the committee feels the need to do so. Banks records were released and the records showed the payments directly to the Russians for information. Johnson better rethink asking Mueller to resign, GPS Fusion and Hillary along with the DNC are being fitted for the jump suits.

oldhomey

Well, new2, let Mueller look into the connection you insist Hillary had with the Russians, too. It isn't a witch hunt, despite all your and Bugg's protestations that it is. It is a real investigation into the extent to which Russian intelligence intruded into our electoral process. Let the chips fall where they may.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

The controversy about Mueller is all part of the tactical distraction to keep the enemy at ease (Sun Tzu).

This is so big, that when this goes down, you will always remember this day and what you were doing at the time you learned about it. You will be in utter disbelief - which everything you thought you knew, were taught or understood was all a lie.

It will be historic - a revolution, to restore our republic and return our government to a government of the People, by the People, for the People.

MAGA!

[beam]

Buggs Raplin

It is a FACT that the DNC would not allow the FBI to examine its computer server after the hacking. Got that? The DNC told the FBI to go to hell. Comey was in charge of the FBI at the time, and he did NOTHING about a political organization denying the FBI its right to investigate. Comey was mentored by Robert Mueller. They are best friends for chrissakes. And yet gullibles will ignore such a conflict of interest. Speculation: had the FBI been allowed to inspect the DNC computer system, they would have found their e-mails were sent to Wikileaks by the late Seth Rich.

Cassandra

It is a FACT that Chippy is unable to produce a single photo or video to back up his claims that the Vegas Strip was "raked by gunfire". FACT.

Buggs Raplin

It is NOT a FACT-Cassie's solar-powered home.

Cassandra

Still waiting for the links, Chippy. Sadly you have been proven to be a liar. I, on the other hand, have been forthcoming with photographic proof about my solar system.

Cassandra

It is also a FACT that the FBI had no right to examine the private records of the DNC without a warrant.
For someone with so little trust in government, Chippy, you seem to think that it would be just fine for the FBI to go rooting around in the DNC's private communications.
How do you square that with your usual loud distrust of the government?

Buggs Raplin

The FBI, under Comey, did nothing in a circumstance where a warrant could have been easily obtained. The DNC didn't want the FBI examining its server because in all likelihood, they would have their e-mails were sent to Wikileaks by Seth Rich. The FBI was bossed around by the DNC.

Tim Russell

34 sealed cases just filed in DC Federal Court.

oldhomey

Buggs always tells us what is a FACT by spelling it out all caps, but he never provides the facts that prove his fact is actually factual. Here is what he is talking about, and these are real facts, not just a bloviated Buggs Raplin FACT:

"Trump tweeted that 'everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA.'

"Trump’s premise here is wrong. Podesta had nothing to do with the DNC server because he didn’t work at the DNC; he worked for Clinton’s campaign. The DNC claimed they received no direct requests from the CIA, and the CIA did not comment.

"The DNC says it cooperated with the FBI, providing information on the server through a third-party vendor.The FBI provided no comment, but then-FBI director Comey said it was an appropriate substitute.

"We rate this statement False."

Cassandra

We're still waiting for Chip DeNure (AKA Buggs Raplin) to produce a SINGLE link to a photo or video to back up his ridiculous claims about multiple hotels on the Vegas Strip being "raked by gunfire" during the terrorist attack there.
He can't provide ANY evidence to back up most of his claims, but continues to spin his paranoid fantasies and claims them as the gospel truth. What a sad, pathetic little sociopath.

Buggs Raplin

We're still waiting for Cassie to show us her solar-powered home. Videos of multiple gunmen at Vegas from concert goers who were there are there for your perusal on the internet.

oldhomey

Provide us with the links, Buggs. Or do you realize that the "evidence" in those videos is so lame that you would rather people just believe you and not actually look at the videos?

Buggs Raplin

Yeah, right, eyewitness testimony from people who were there doesn't matter. Just believe the official narrative: a multi-millionaire with no motive smuggles 27 weapons into his hotel room evading security personnel and security cameras. Only a FOOL would believe such malarkey.

oldhomey

Why do most of your comments only have a "Report" option under them, Buggs. Initial eye witness accounts are almost meaningless when you have 25,000 people living and dying in a single, traumatic incident, Buggs. You simply cherry pick initial accounts that seem to buttress the conspiracy theory you came in with fifteen minutes after the shooting. Then you label the painstaking police work of piecing together actual physical evidence of the crime as the work of an international Communistic cabal bent on creating a one world government, using, you seem to insist in the case of the Las Vegas shootings, ISIS terrorists to carry out the dirty work. right. AND you say, the proof is all on videotape, though you never seem to have a link to any of it.

Cassandra

"Videos of multiple gunmen at Vegas from concert goers who were there are there for your perusal on the internet."
Provide the links, Chippy. Don't just make claims. Provide the GD links, liar.

The Mouse of Death

[angry]It would behoove Президенту Владимиру Путину и Дональду Дж. Трампу и тов. Джонсону, чтобы петь хвалу ФСБ и КГБ, НКВД и ЧК, и Ленина, и Сталина, и Берии, и Ягоды, и Ежова, и Гитлера, и Гиммера, и Геринга, и Геббельса,

Buggs Raplin

I translated your comment. You shouldn't say such things about poor ol' Cassie.

Tim Russell

Could you post another of your liddle plays wherein you fantasize about your victories?
Those are special.

Cassandra

Johnson is only interested in winning at any cost, even to the detriment of the republic.

Buggs Raplin

Mueller is a walking, talking conflict of interest. For chrissakes, he's best buddies with Comey. Y'all remember Comey? He let Hillary off the hook for her e-mails, then he changed his mind and went after her, only to change his mind again, and let her off the hook. Collusion with Russia? Yeah, plenty of it from Hillary and Obama on the uranium deal. The DNC e-mails going to Wikileaks? Not the Russians says Assange. Most likely the late Seth Rich, whose murder remains unsolved. Donna Brazille says she feared for her own life after Seth's murder. She's obviously aware of the Clinton body count. Senator Johnson is absolutely right. Mueller should resign.

kingman10

right from the alt right playbook! Let's not talk about the president and his team's collusion with Russia, let's divert our attention to Hillary and some dreamed up conspiracies in order to let Trump off the hook. Let's bring up more conspiracies until we have confused the public so much, the feeble minded will focus on something different. It is working with buggs and his buddies, but not the rest of us. That playbook didn't work for Nixon either.

Buggs Raplin

Just stating the facts. I know that bothers you, disturbs your illusions. But POO will be around later to reassure you.

kingman10

your facts are fantasies, your reality is non existent, your sources are a joke, and your arguments are infantile. But keep listening to Alex and the boys, it is amusing how someone can sink to a new low every day such as you.

fish37

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Cassandra

Here's a FACT: You are unable to produce a single shred of evidence to back up your claims about the Vegas Strip being "raked by gunfire." FACT.

oldhomey

Buggs, the truth speaks for itself. I know you are not very familiar with the truth, so perhaps that concept is foreign to you. Most of the rest of us are familiar with the truth and the concept that goes behind it, a thing that makes life viable and secure. You have yet to produce the evidence of Mueller and Comey, former colleagues, also being "best buddies". Comey and his mishandling of the emails during the campaign have nothing to do with Russia. Uranium deal? Another laughable red herring effort to distract from the Mueller investigation. Julian Assange is a monster who will lie about anything to protect his monstrous ego, which is roughly on the scale of Trump's. Assange and Trump are a couple of names that will be regarded in future history as a painful, useless warts on the posterior of humanity.

To show how you lie, Buggs, let us consider how you take Seth Rich's name, one of a dozen or so listed by Brazille in her book's dedication. A simple remembrance to him. And you turn that into an accusation that Brazille thought she might be on a "hit list" of some evil cabal that you claim ordered Rich's murder. We already know that Rich was murdered in a random act of pre-dawn violence as he walked home from a date with a girlfriend. Brazille know that, too. She expressed fear, as many do after senseless murders. Seth Rich's family knows the truth about Rich's death, and they are livid about the rightwing conspirators such as yourself who want to turn his death into another moronic, lunatic conspiracy theory. They also know Brazille is with them on this:

"Brazile had spoken publicly about Rich’s death before. In March, she said she was going to an Omaha, Nebraska, synagogue to speak about him. In May, she tweeted, 'Seth Rich was a hard worker and proud to be an American. This desire to scar Seth’s legacy to his country and party is shameful.' About two months later, after Fox News published a since debunked story about the case, she tweeted, 'Seth was a good soul and look at this shameful act.'”

"Through spokesman Brad Bauman, the Rich family said in a statement, 'Since Seth was murdered, Donna Brazile has been a great friend to the Rich family and has been extremely supportive of the family’s efforts to find Seth’s killers.'”

Buggs Raplin

I started reading your lies and obfuscations until you called Asange a liar. Then I quit reading. So, are you working at the Tribune as a cover job?

kingman10

"moronic, lunatic conspiracy" Well that about sums buggs up in three words beautifully. Oops, darn I took the "add reply" button before buggs did. OH well he will just hide in the weeds anyway.

Buggs Raplin

So, kingman, what, in my original comment, are not facts?

kingman10

your 7 am post is full of lies, all of it. From Seth Rich to this Uranium conspiracy to the emails stuff, its all lies. Its all conjured up by alt media and you are just soaking it all up and repeating it like a mindless robot. Its all designed to distract from the big picture which is the corruption of the Trump administration. And if you can't see that there is something radically wrong upstairs.

oldhomey

Buggs at 3:13pm once again openly heads for the weeds to hide from his lies, unable to come up with any credible defense. Nice try, Buggs, but you ran, you hid. As for Assange, all you have to do is Google "julian assange lies", and you will see one credible source after another list Assange's dishonesty and colossal hubris. A writer for Buzz Feed went to work for WikiLeaks for a time a few years ago, and he has since written a stunning account of the miserable cur Assange actually is, lies and all. Here is an extract from that article. Toward the end, as I said before, you could interchangeably use Assange's name or Trump's in measuring their character. The extract: What’s often underestimated is his gift for BS. Assange can, and does, routinely tell obvious lies: WikiLeaks has deep and involved procedures; WikiLeaks was founded by a group of 12 activists, primarily from China; Israel Shamir never had cables; we have received information that [insert name of WikiLeaks critic] has ties to US intelligence. At times, these lies are harmless and brilliant. When, on the day the state cables launched, WikiLeaks’ site wasn’t ready (we hadn’t even written the introductory text), the site was kept offline after a short DDoS attack, so Assange took the opportunity to tweet that the site was under an unprecedentedly huge attack to give us time to get the site together. Six hours later, when we were done, all eyes were looking: What was so bad in the cables that someone was working so hard to keep the site offline? The dramatic flourish worked, but other lies were dumb and damaging – and quickly eroded any kind of trust for those trying to work closely with him. Redaction – possibly one of the clearest apparent changes between 2010 and 2016 WikiLeaks – became one of these trust issues. For Assange, redacting releases was essentially an issue of expediency: It would remove an attack line from the Pentagon and state, and keep media partners onside. For media outlets, it was the only responsible way to release such sensitive information. . . . Conversely, Assange often trusts strangers more than those he knows well: He dislikes taking advice, he dislikes anyone else having a power base, and he dislikes being challenged – especially by women. He runs his own show his own way, and won’t delegate. He’s happy to play on the conspiratorial urges of others, with little sign as to whether or not he believes them himself. There are few limits to how far Assange will go to try to control those around him. Those working at WikiLeaks – a radical transparency organisation based on the idea that all power must be accountable – were asked to sign a sweeping nondisclosure agreement covering all conversations, conduct, and material, with Assange having sole power over disclosure. The penalty for noncompliance was £12 million.

(Edited by staff.)

Buggs Raplin

Let's see here. Who do I trust more? Assange or Hillary on the DNC e-mails sent to Wikileaks?

oldhomey

Why do all your comments only have a "Report" option under them, Buggs? Are you trying to avoid having people respond to your lies? I will grant you that your 6:24am post is not a lie. We know whose accounts you believe when it comes to Hillary's emails. You just can't seem to summon up a reasonable answer as to why we should trust Assange's and the alt-right versions about this issue. Hillary, like all politicians, has been caught in lies, but not the whopper sorts that Assange and the alt-right traffic in. And now we can sadly add the name of the current president of this country to the list of whopper traffickers. But why am I telling you this, Buggs? You have been in there up to your neck in trafficking whoppers for as long as I can recall seeing your name on these posts.

Tim Russell

Donna said she was concerned about Seth Rich's death because she felt it could have been because he was white or that he might have been killed by Russians.
I guess Alex didn't mention that part.

Buggs Raplin

Donna is well aware of the Clinton body count. But it is not permissible to speak publicly about it or the MSM will crucify you.

Tim Russell

So you admit that your "fantasy victory" is a figment of your imagination and cannot be verified.
Got it!

kingman10

HIllary's body count? A quick look at her rap sheet and there is nothing there about a body count. In fact her rap sheet looks cleaner than yours. Just stating the facts.

Cassandra

Have you noticed the large number of people in the Trump orbit who may have had information about Russia's collusion that have ended up mysteriously dead? But Chippy will ignore those mysterious deaths because InfoWars hasn't given him orders to talk about it.

johnnybragatti

Anyway you spin it , anyway you want to deflect, or in Johnson"s case, a do -nothing ,no-nothing scheister, who must want to look "cool in front of someone, with
the bottom line and most significant factor is : Trump FIRED COMEY!!!
There are at least 30 reasons why he should not have .
And MUELLER ???...don"t make me laugh,
After all, there was once a dude named Nixon, who fired an investigator.
Is Trump THAT stupid?

patssy70

Yes he is that stupid. Look at his tax reform attempts. He thinks WE are that stupid.

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