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  • “Tick, Tick, Tick” Comey Ally Scrambles To Explain Why “Next Trump Bombshell” Didn’t Arrive Today

    As we noted late last week, Benjamin Wittes, the Brookings Institution senior fellow and noted ally of former FBI Director James Comey, took to twitter to claim that another ‘bombshell’ story, presumably related to the multiple investigations into whether the Trump camp colluded with the Russians, was in the works. However, unlike previous warnings from Wittes, this one contained a caveat: the ‘fuse’ on the story is of an uncertain length, and that the next salvo could arrive as soon as Monday.
    But with no major bombshell forthcoming, Wittes returned to Twitter Monday to offer a few clarifications.
    3 things:
    1) Not all ticks are related to Comey.
    2) Fuse length remains uncertain.
    3) Interesting preemptive defense of collusion happening.
    — Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) June 26, 2017

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 26, 2017.


  • Russia Said To Recall Ambassador At Center of Trump Controversy: Report

    According to BuzzFeed, which cites three anonymous sources, Russia is reportedly recalling Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the man who dared to do his job and talk to US politicians and visible public figures, and who according to The Hill had “emerged as a focal point in the FBI probe into Russia’s election meddling.” While the Kremlin has not confirmed the report, BuzzFeed adds that Kislyak is scheduled to leave Washington next month, following a July 11 going-away party at the St. Regis Hotel, two blocks away from the White House.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 25, 2017.


  • Trump: “I Did Not Make Any Comey Tapes”

    Update: President Trump confirms he did not make a tape of his conversation…
    Having teased the world, and bluffed Comey and his Democratic Party supporters about the possibility of recordings of his conversations with the former FBI Director, Bloomberg reports that a ‘source familiar with the matter’ confirms that President Trump does not have any tapes.
    Trump raised the possibility of tapes in a strategic fashion to ensure that Comey told the truth, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 22, 2017.


  • James Comey Visits The New York Times

    Just hours after President Trump admitted he did not record any of his conversations with James Comey, the former FBI Director was spotted entering The New York Times office, in Times Square, NYC.
    As The Daily Mail notes, Comey confessed to being the source of a leak to the Times about private, unorthodox meeting he had with the president before he was fired in June.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 22, 2017.


  • Trump Will Reveal Whether “Comey Tape” Exists Later This Week

    President Donald Trump has said he will make an announcement this week pertaining to his claims that there are taped recordings of conversations between himself and former FBI Director James Comey, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced at a Tuesday press conference.
    In a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by The Wall Street Journal in May, the Secret Service said it doesn’t have any audio copies or transcripts of conversations from inside the White House.
    ***
    Trump told reporters during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden earlier this month that he’d reveal the truth about whether the rumored “Comey tape” exists in ‘the very near future.’ The president cryptically added ‘Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.’

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 20, 2017.


  • How Precious Metals Can Help Protect Your Wealth from Hackers

    Could your wealth be hacked? It’s a threat most investors overlook. But they do so at their own peril.
    Learn How to Exploit the Gold Frenzy! If elections can be hacked, then so can bank and brokerage accounts, as well as any online platforms for digital currencies.
    More than five months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the ‘Russia hacked the election’ conspiracy theories still won’t go away. They’re expanding to also implicate Russian hackers for meddling in elections in France and elsewhere. The latest Russian hacking story centers on Qatar.
    According to the Guardian, ‘An investigation by the FBI has concluded that Russian hackers were responsible for sending out fake messages from the Qatari government, sparking the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis in decades.’
    Choose From 10-100oz Pure Silver Trusted Bullion Dealer – Buy Now! silvergoldbull.com The Russian government has repeatedly denied involvement in these hacking campaigns. Regardless of whether the news about Russian hackers is fake, the threat of cyber-attacks is very real.
    In recent months, major e-mail providers and e-commerce sites have been hit by hackers. They often take customers’ information and try to sell it on the dark web.

    This post was published at GoldSilverWorlds on June 17, 2017.


  • Trump Blasts Deputy AG: “I’m Being Investigated By Man Who Told Me To Fire The FBI Director! Witch Hunt”

    I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017

    President Trump’s latest twitter target seems to be his own Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who he blasts for the hiring of a Special Counsel to investigate the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, after writing a letter himself explicitly calling for the firing of James Comey.
    “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt”
    Of course, Trump’s message isn’t crystal clear on exactly who the subject of the tweet is and has left some wondering whether he might actually be referring to Special Counsel Mueller. That said, we would note that if Mueller did, in fact, weigh in on the firing of Comey it would almost certainly make him a conflicted party in any obstruction investigation.
    Moreover, since Rosenstein did, in fact, draft a letter calling for the termination of James Comey, a letter which Trump revealed publicly on May 9th, it would seem more logical that the tweet is directed at him. Here is an excerpt from our post back in May:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 16, 2017.


  • Port Of Charleston Reopens After “Dirty Bomb” Threat

    #update Unified Command determines no existing threat to the port. Terminal will reopen & safety zone has been lifted.
    — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) June 15, 2017

    In addition to the three shooting incidents that unfolded in the US on Wednesday, the Port of Charleston’s Wando terminal was temporarily closed last night after authorities received word that there was a dirty bomb aboard a container ship.
    Officials with the Coast Guard say federal and state authorities are continuing to investigate a potential threat which was reported at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night.
    Coast Guard officials say the FBI is investigating a report of a ‘dirty bomb’ aboard a vessel.
    A dirty bomb is composed of conventional explosives and radioactive material.
    According to emergency officials, no radiation has been found at this time.
    A report by the Coast Guard states that at 8 p.m. authorities were made aware of a potential threat in a container aboard the vessel Maersk Memphis.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 15, 2017.


  • A Record 60% Of Americans Disapprove Of President Trump

    Despite record high stock prices, 43-year lows in jobless claims, and near record-high optimism among small business owners, Gallup reports the percentage of Americans who disapprove of the job President Trump has risen to a record 60% this week.
    As Gallup details, despite the president’s claim on Monday at a Cabinet meeting that “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions — in the case of F. D. R. he had a major Depression to handle — who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than what we’ve done,” his administration has been roiled by controversies. Most recently, Trump ran into a buzz saw of criticism with his decision, announced June 1, to withdraw the U. S. from participation in the Paris climate accord.
    He has also been under significant political scrutiny over the June 8 testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Those events coincided with the lower averages seen in the past two weeks. But, given that his averages were almost as low in the weeks leading up to them, it is difficult to establish direct causality between specific events and the president’s ratings.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 13, 2017.


  • Sergey Aleynikov, Jailed by Goldman Sachs, May Be Just the Man to Stop Russian Hacking of U.S. Voting Systems

    If Goldman Sachs thinks this Russian computer genius is worthy of endless prosecution for the past eight years, despite two courts overturning their efforts, perhaps he’s just the man the Department of Homeland Security and FBI need to stop the Russian assault on the U. S. election system.
    This morning Bloomberg News is reporting that in the leadup to the Presidential election of 2016, Russian hackers hit voting systems in a total of 39 states, confirming other reports that the U. S. public has not previously been made of the extent of Russian hacking into state voting systems.
    In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, former FBI Director James Comey stated in regard to Russian interference in our elections that ‘They’re coming after America,’ adding that ‘They will be back.’
    This is where computer experts on Wall Street could help the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Wall Street technology experts know something that, apparently, our government doesn’t: Many of the smartest programmers and hackers in the world are from Russia. If you want to catch one, you’d better hire one.

    This post was published at Wall Street On Parade on June 13, 2017.


  • Gingrich Questions Special Counsel’s Impartiality – “Republicans Are Delusional…Look Who He Is Hiring”

    Since his appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has enjoyed fairly bipartisan praise in Washington D. C. for his apparent impartiality.
    That said, Newt Gingrich, a former ‘informal advisor’ to President Trump, thinks that Comey cast a dark shadow over Mueller’s independence last week when he admitted under oath, before the Senate Intelligence Committee, that he leaked FBI documents to the New York Times with the express intent of getting a Special Counsel appointed to investigate Trump and various members of his campaign team. All of which prompted the following tweet from Gingrich early this morning:
    “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.”
    Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
    — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 12, 2017.


  • How Would Markets React If Trump Is Actually Forced Out of Office?

    Donald Trump’s policy agenda – and his very presidency – are in jeopardy…
    Learn How to Exploit the Gold Frenzy! …at least if you believe the chatter on cable television.
    Yes, for weeks now, the big media outlets have been stirring up talk of impeachment. One narrative after another – Russia, Comey, Kushner, etc. – yet no conclusive evidence of any ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’
    Still, Democrats in Congress smell blood in the water… and they have readied articles of impeachment for introduction as soon as an opportunity presents.
    Buy Silver Quarters – In Stock, Ships Fast! But investors don’t seem particularly concerned about the implications of political turmoil intensifying in Washington.
    The stock market keeps edging higher with minimal volatility.
    The only hint of politically driven jitters all year came on May 17th. The Dow Jones Industrials slid by nearly 400 points as reports surfaced that former FBI Director James Comey was asked by President Trump to stop his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    This post was published at GoldSilverWorlds on June 11, 2017.


  • Did James Comey’s Document Leaks Violate The FBI Employment Agreement?

    Former FBI director James Comey’s decision to leak FBI documents to a friend may have violated the FBI’s employment agreement regarding unauthorized leaks.
    During his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, former FBI director James Comey revealed that he was the source of leaked memos about his conversations with Donald Trump surrounding the Russia investigation. Comey explained that he shared the memos with his friend, a professor at Columbia University, who then shared them with the New York Times, actions that may violate the FBI’s own employee agreement.
    ‘My judgment was I needed to get [the memos] out into the public square,’ Comey said.
    ‘So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.’
    By his own account, it seems that Comey may not have followed the agency’s employee agreement, which places numerous restrictions on the use of information or documents acquired during an individual’s employment by the FBI. Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 of the FBI employment agreement appear to cover Comey’s distribution of content he says he created on government property in his capacity as a government official:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 10, 2017.


  • Jeff Sessions To Testify Tuesday Before Senate Intel Committee

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
    Sessions’ testimony will come less than a week after former FBI Director James Comey appeared before the committee and declined to say that President Donald Trump tried to interfere in the FBI’s investigation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 10, 2017.


  • Bill Maher: Trump Had “Worse Week” Than Me

    Bill Maher had a pretty bad week – though it’s notable that he somehow managed to keep his job as host of HBO’s ‘Real Time’ after using an offensive racial epithet on air.
    But having apologized for using the ‘n word” during an interview with Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, maybe Maher was just trying to put the incident behind him when he joked that President Trump had it even worse.
    ‘There is someone who had a worse week than me: Donald Trump,” Maher said. Maher said that former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, which the media billed as the Superbowl of politics, confirmed what Mahar and many other liberals believe to be the truth about Trump: That he repeatedly tried to pressure Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn – an act tantamount to obstruction of justice – then lied about it. But anyone who watched the testimony could see that, if anything, it destroyed both the collusion narrative – the idea that Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russians to sway the election – and the notion that Trump wrongly interfered with Comey.


    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 10, 2017.


  • Doug Noland: Crowded Longs, Shorts and a New Z1

    This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Credit Bubble Bulletin . To view original, click here. Reposted with permission.
    It was a week that saw Mario Draghi cling stubbornly to ultra-dovish monetary policy, the UK’s Brexit strategy thrown into even greater disarray after Prime Minister May’s failed election gambit, and the former Director of the FBI essentially testify that our President is a scoundrel. And then there’s the Middle East…
    In the midst of it all, after trading at a 24-year low 9.37 Friday morning, an abrupt reversal had the VIX ending the week at 10.70. Looking at the S&P500’s slight (0.3%) decline for the week, one might be tempted to think comfortably ‘boring.’ Market internals, though, were anything but boring or comforting. Friday’s session saw the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) swing wildly. After trading to an all-time high 5,898 in the first hour of U. S. trading, the index sank over 4.0% to 5,658 before closing the session down 2.44% at 5,742. Amazon traded in an intraday range of 1013 to 927. Looking at ‘FANG’ plus Microsoft and Apple, major market cap was evaporating in a hurry. By the end of Friday’s session, Facebook had declined 3.3%, Apple 3.9%, Amazon 3.2%, Microsoft 2.3%, Netflix 4.7% and Google 3.4%. The semiconductors (SOX) traded at a multi-year high 1,149 early in Friday’s session, then sank 7.0% before recovering somewhat to close the day down 4.3% at 1,090. Biotech (BTK) rose 1.5% in the morning to an all-time high and then closed the session slightly lower.

    This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Doug Noland ‘ June 10, 2017.


  • Asian Metals Market Update: June-09-2017

    It will be either boom or bust for gold, silver and crude oil in the next one week. By next Friday either bulls or bears will rest in peace. There will be nothing in between. Short term key technical supports need to be upheld to test medium term resistances. Key supports for gold, silver and crude oil are $1262, $1698 and $44.30 they need to trade over these prices to continue their bullish zone.
    UK elections are over. It is impact can be felt till Monday. There after traders will position themselves for FOMC meet. A hung UK parliament can result in postponement of interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve as they will prefer to reduce currency market volatility.
    Ousted FBI chief James Comey and President Donald Trump accused each other of lying about their private encounters in the wake of dramatic Senate testimony that centered on whether the president sought to quash part of a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 9 June 2017.


  • Bank Failures Hither and Yon

    Grant’s Almost Daily reports that despite the seemingly calm economic winds, ‘Banco Popular has managed to run the ship aground. In order to shore up their sickly balance sheet, the acquiring [Banco] Santander will issue a 7 billion rights offering to shareholders. Banco Popular’s equity and junior debt are wiped out, to the tune of 3.3 billion.’
    While America breathlessly waited for former FBI Director Comey to boast daytime TV ratings, the ‘announcement that Banco Popular Espanol SA will be absorbed by the sounder Banco Santander under the auspices of the European Central Bank for considerations of 1 harkens back to March 2008, Bear Stearns and J. P. Morgan,’ writes Philip Grant.
    Have the world’s financial dominoes started falling on that side of the pond?
    Here in the good old USofA. the DJIA rocks while Tesla and Amazon shares roll, but ‘Total US business bankruptcies in May rose 4.7% year-over-year to 3,572 filings, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute. That’s up 40% from May 2015 and up 10% from May 2014.’
    Wolf Richter points out that bankruptcies are seasonal. Fewer of the hopelessly indebted normally throw in the towel in May. However, this year, ‘Total US bankruptcy filings by consumers and businesses in May rose 5.3% year-over-year to 69,668, the highest May since May 2014.’
    Credit card debt is now a trillion dollars, auto debt is $1.12 trillion and student loan debt now totals $1.44 trillion. A trillion here, a trillion there. It starts to add up. And all of this doesn’t include the big driver of consumer bankruptcies, medical costs.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 9 June 2017.


  • Gold Prices Steady On UK Election Risk; ECB Meeting and Geopolitical Risk

    Gold Prices Steady On UK Election Risk; ECB and Geopolitical Risk
    by Reuters
    * Gold prices could see strong intraday volatility – analyst
    * UK election, Ex-FBI director testimony, ECB meeting set for later in the day
    * Downside for gold is ‘limited’ (especially in sterling)
    Gold held steady on Thursday as investors awaited cues on market direction amid a number of geopolitical events later in the day that could boost the safe-haven demand for the metal.

    This post was published at Gold Core on June 8, 2017.