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Trump Considers Sidelining Theatrical Giuliani from TV Interviews

Trump attorney and former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

By Steve Neavling

Is President Trump having second thoughts about adding Rudy Giuliani to his legal team?

According to the Associated Press, the president “is growing increasingly irritated” with Giuliani’s “frequently off-message media blitz.” 

Giuliani, for example, recently revealed on national televise that Trump reimbursed his longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Trump is now considering removing Giuliani from the spotlight and forbidding him from doing television interviews, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking. Among the president’s concerns is that Giuliani’s comments are elevating the media’s coverage of Daniels.

The AP wrote:

Giuliani, the newest addition to the president’s legal team, first rattled the White House last week when he sat for interviews on Fox News and seemed to contradict Trump by saying the president was aware of the $130,000 payout to Daniels from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. He also suggested the October 2016 settlement had been made because Trump was in the stretch run of his presidential campaign.

After Trump chided Giuliani on Friday, saying the lawyer needed to “get his facts straight,” Giuliani put out a statement trying to clarify his remarks. But in weekend interviews, Giuliani appeared to dig himself a deeper hole by acknowledging that “Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them sometimes.” He did not rule out the possibility that Cohen had paid off other women.

Trump, who has denied the affair with Daniels, was angry that Giuliani had given the impression that other women may have made similar charges of infidelity, according to the people familiar with his views.

A Mob Boss For President Would Be Good, Mobster ‘Sammy The Bull’ Tells Gand Land News

Jerry Capeci is regarded as an expert on the mob. His website, Gang Land News, is a subscription-based website. This article was republished with permission.

By Jerry Capeci
Gang Land News

They worked pretty well together 25 years ago, but mob turncoat Salvatore Gravano was as surprised as the next guy — along with several former FBI agents — when he learned that fired FBI Director James Comey cited “Sammy the Bull” and argued in his tell-all book that President Trump sought the same loyalty from him that mob bosses demanded from their troops.

Nothing wrong with that, Gravano tells Gang Land.

“The country doesn’t need a bookworm as President, it needs a mob boss,” said Gravano, who famously brought down his Mafia boss, John Gotti, in 1992. That’s especially so today when the President has to deal with powerful demagogues with nuclear weapons at their command, says the 73-year-old Sammy Bull, who said his health is “much better” since he got out of prison in September.

“Truthfully speaking now,” said Gravano, “if you’re gonna deal with the guy who runs North Korea, or the people who run Iran, or the Russian president, do you want a fucking bookworm to deal with them? Or do you want a gangster? You don’t need a Harvard graduate to deal with these people. These guys are real gangsters. You need
a fucking gangster to deal with these people.”

Gravano said all of that — and much more — in an exclusive interview with Gang Land. The talk was sparked by Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, in which Comey writes that during a private White House dinner a week after the inauguration Trump told him, “I expect loyalty. I need loyalty.” Comey concluded: “The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony.”

Sammy Not Endorsing Trump

During the interview — Gravano’s first since his release after doing 17-plus years for drug dealing — the former mobster insisted that he was not endorsing Trump as he declared that a Mafia boss as Commander in Chief would be a good thing. Instead, he focused on the main point of the book by Comey, who as a prosecutor, used Sammy Bull as a witness in a 1993 case in which the mob defector helped the feds wrangle convictions of three mobsters for a John Gotti-ordered rubout.

“I don’t want this to sound like I’m tooting Trump’s horn,” said Sammy Bull. “I’m saying you need a guy like me. A real gangster. No matter who it is. When you deal with people on that level, you gotta be a gangster,” said Gravano, who insisted that his real-life gangster days are over. He opined that a President needs the same toughness and moxie to beat back the likes of Kim Jong un, Hassan Rouhani or Vladimir Putin that Sammy Bull used when dealing with murderous mobsters in his own family, as well as mob rivals during the bloody 1980s and early 1990s, years when dead gangsters from three crime families littered the streets of New York.

“When I dealt with other families, their bosses, underbosses and guys like Roy Demeo and Gaspipe Casso, and all kinds of other crazy nut jobs,” Gravano continued, “if I wasn’t a gangster, and they didn’t know I was a gangster, they would have swallowed me up.”

“If you (the U.S. President) ain’t going to act like a fucking gangster with them, (Kim, Rouhani, Putin) you are never going to get their respect, number 1, and number 2, they’ll eat you up,” he said. One topic Gravano refused to go near, however, was whether he had any dealings with Trump in the 1980s — or ever met or spoke to him — while both were major players in the New York City construction industry. It seems likely they might have, since each had close ties to the convicted leader of Teamsters Local 282, John Cody.

Former FBI Director James Comey on ABC’s 20/20.

But Gravano would only state “no comment” on possible meetings or dealings with Trump.

For the record, as the Gambino crime family’s main man in the industry, Sammy Bull controlled Local 282. And for years, while Cody’s members worked on Trump building projects, Cody’s girlfriend had a rent free apartment in Trump Towers, according to Wayne Barrett, who detailed Trump’s ties to Cody and other wiseguys in his 1992 book, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall.

During his mobster days, Gravano owned a Brooklyn construction company. He also ran one in Arizona when he got out of prison in the 1990s before his arrest in 2000 for dealing ecstasy. Today, he says he pays close attention to the economy as he pursues other business “options” and believes, he said, that major issues like unemployment, education and health care would also improve if a mob boss was President.

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Two Top FBI Aides to James Comey Who Came Under Fire Resign

Lisa Page, via social media.

By Steve Neavling

Two top FBI aides to James Comey when he was the FBI director have resigned from the bureau.

James Baker, who served as the bureau’s general counsel, and Lisa Page, another FBI lawyer, resigned Friday, the New York Times reports

Baker was under investigation last year on allegations he disclosed classified information to a reporter. Page came under fire for after the release of text messages between her and FBI Agent Peter Strzok, both of whom attacked President Trump in text messages to each other.

“A great public servant retired from the FBI today,” Comey tweeted in response to Baker’s resignation. “Jim Baker’s integrity and commitment to the rule of law have benefitted our country through 5 presidents, of both parties. We are fortunate he and so many others choose to devote their lives to justice.”

Baker plans to become a visiting fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institute and editor-in-chief of the blog.

Page is said to have another job lined up, but it’s unclear what that is.

FBI Tracked Record 30 Mass Shootings in 2017

Gun seized in Las Vegas as part of operation/dea photo

By Steve Neavling

The FBI reported 30 active shootings in 2017, more than any year on record, according to a recently released report by the bureau. 

The 30 reported active shootings are an increase over the 20 reported in 2016.

Between 2016 and 2017, 221 people were killed and 722 people injured.

Most active shootings took place in Florida, California and Texas.

Those years also saw the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas music festival shooting left 58 people dead and 489 injured in 2017.

In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orland, Fla., killed 49 people and wounded another 53.

The combined 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 came at the hands of men acting by themselves.

Trump Loses Patience with Special Counsel Probe, Calls It ‘Russia Witch Hunt’

President Trump, via the White House

By Steve Neavling

President Trump lashed out yet again at what he called the “Russia Witch Hunt” and suggested the obstruction charge is for a “made up, phony crime.”

“The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination or anything else with Russia. So now the Probe says OK, what else is there? How about Obstruction for a made up, phony crime.There is no O, it’s called Fighting Back.”

He also took aim at Democrats.

“The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice…and just wait ‘till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!”

Trump has increased his rhetoric against the special counsel investigation, just a day after his new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said the president may plead the fifth or just refuse to sit down with Robert Mueller, who is heading up the year-old probe.

If Trump refuses is subpoenaed and still refuses to sit down for an interview with Mueller, it likely would lead to a Supreme Court decision on whether a president can even be charged with a crime.

Giuliani: Trump May Take Fifth Or Refuse to Testify Before Mueller

Rudy Giuliani, president Trump’s attorney.

By Steve Neavling

President Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Sunday he couldn’t rule out that Trump will assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the Russia investigation.

Giuliani also could say whether Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, made hush parents to other women on behalf of the president.

Giuliani’s bewildering statements came on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, choosing Trump’s preferred approach to taking the president’s arguments to the media. 

The former New York mayor and longtime supporter of the president said he would strong advice Trump against sitting down with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I’m going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like Martha Stewart?” Giuliani asked.

He said he couldn’t guarantee that Trump would assert his constitutional right to answer questions that could incriminate him.

“I’m going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like Martha Stewart?”

If Trump is subpoenaed, Giuliani said the president may not comply, which could lead to a Supreme Court decision on whether presidents could be compelled to speak under oath.

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Suspects Thwart FBI Hostage Rescue Operation with a Swarm of Drones

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents trying to rescue a hostage last year were thwarted when they spotted a swarm of drones that suspects were using to keep an eye on the raid.

The encounter involved  “high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation post to flush them,” reported Defense One’s Patrick Tucker, citing FBI chief Joe Mazel, head of the bureau’s operational technology law division, who was speaking at a conference this week.

Authorities wouldn’t disclose the location, saying the incident remains “law enforcement-sensitive.” But Defense One indicated the encounter happened “on the outskirts of a large U.S. city.”

The FBI said the suspects likely carried the drones in backpacks and then streamed the video on YouTube for the criminals to monitor.