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    [–] Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff RationalAnon 1 points ago * (lasted edited 4 hours ago) in politics

    Ayers confirms on Twitter:

    @nick_ayers: Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause. 🇺🇸 #Georgia

    [–] Michael Flynn is only the latest shoe to drop. We know others are coming. RationalAnon 26 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in politics

    Actually, this Friday (12/7) is the deadline for:
    - The special counsel's office and federal prosecutors in Manhattan to file sentencing recommendations for Michael Cohen
    - Mueller's team to publish a filing describing the ways that Manafort had breached his plea agreement with the special counsel
    So yes, we know others are coming, in about 48 hours.

    [–] Mueller to detail ex-NSA Flynn’s cooperation in Russia probe RationalAnon 12 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in politics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is set to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors.

    Robert Mueller’s team is facing a Tuesday court deadline to file a memorandum recommending a sentence for retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

    The document is expected to lay out at least some details of Flynn’s cooperation since he pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia in the weeks before Trump took office. The filing could also give some insight into the direction of the Russia probe.

    Federal sentencing guidelines recommend zero to six months in prison for Flynn. His sentencing is set for Dec. 18.

    [–] Manafort Tried to Broker Deal With Ecuador to Hand Assange Over to U.S. RationalAnon 356 points ago in politics

    In mid-May 2017, Paul Manafort, facing intensifying pressure to settle debts and pay mounting legal bills, flew to Ecuador to offer his services to a potentially lucrative new client — the country’s incoming president, Lenín Moreno.

    In multiple meetings with Mr. Manafort, Mr. Moreno and his aides discussed their desire to rid themselves of Mr. Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, in exchange for concessions like debt relief from the United States, according to three people familiar with the talks, the details of which have not been previously reported.

    They said Mr. Manafort suggested he could help negotiate a deal for the handover of Mr. Assange to the United States, which has long investigated Mr. Assange for the disclosure of secret documents and which later filed charges against him that have not yet been made public.

    Within a couple of days of Mr. Manafort’s final meeting in Quito, Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as the special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters, and it quickly became clear that Mr. Manafort was a primary target. His talks with Ecuador ended without any deals.

    [–] The DC and Maryland attorneys general are moving forward with subpoenas in their case accusing Trump of profiting off the presidency RationalAnon 35 points ago in politics

    • The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland say they're moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.

    • Such information would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump's Washington, DC, hotel.

    • The Constitution's Emoluments Clause prohibits federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.