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  • FBI Unexpectedly Releases Confidential Employee Evaluations Of James Comey

    In an unexpected, impromptu release, on Tuesday morning the FBI’s “Records Vault” twitter account released a trove of information, divulging “Field Office and Headquarters Climate Survey Results” among which are annual results for the years 2013 through 2017, but more notably, the confidential employee evaluation results for now-former Director James Comey.
    FBI Field Office and Headquarters Climate Survey Results: — FBI Records Vault (@FBIRecordsVault) August 16, 2017

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


  • Scaramucci Implicates Priebus In Now-Deleted Tweet Following ‘Felony’ Leak Of Financial Disclosures

    White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci set of a firestorm of speculation last night with a now deleted tweet following a Politico article containing information he claimed was leaked – revealing his net worth at $85 million.
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    Scaramucci stated that he “will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” oddly tagging White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 27, 2017.


  • JULY 24/GOLD AND SILVER STEADY TODAY/GLD LOSES ANOTHER 9.62 TONNES AND YET GOLD REMAINS CONSTANT/EU SOUNDS ALARM BELL IF THE USA PASSES MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA/IRAN AND USA EXCHANGE HEATED …

    GOLD: $1254.50 DOWN $0.25
    Silver: $16.45 DOWN 4 cent(s)
    Closing access prices:
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    silver: $16.50
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    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1254.50
    PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $6.68
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    LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1255.85
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1256.55
    LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1254.50
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    For comex gold:
    JULY/
    NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 2 NOTICE(S) FOR 200 OZ.
    TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 151 FOR 15100 OZ (.4696 TONNES)
    For silver:
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    17 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
    85,000 OZ/
    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 3027 for 15,135,000 oz

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on July 24, 2017.


  • Dollar Tumbles, Stocks Slammed As Mueller Expands Probe Into Trump Business Transactions

    It was quiet, too quiet. Markets were comfortably drifting ever higher (10th day up in a row for Nasdaq) and then headlines hit on Bloomberg reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller wil be probing Trump’s business transactions and will extend his investigation to examining the dealings of Kushner and Manafort.
    It is likely that such a wide-angle approach to the probe could trigger a response from the president who last night told the NYT in an interview that any digging into matters beyond Russia “would be out of bounds.” Bloomberg also notes that agents are interested in transactions involving the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became the Commerce Sec., as well as the efforts of Jared Kushner to secure financing for some of his family’s real estate properties.
    In short, Trump is about to respond, perhaps violently.
    More from Bloomberg: The U. S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.
    FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

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


  • The Feds Just Expanded Civil Asset Forfeiture ‘Laws’ Nationwide

    When you’re a government agency, asking for a tax increase is always a hassle. As Ryan McMaken notes, for the most part, taxpayers don’t like taxes, and if asked if they want to pay more, they’re likely to often say “no.” Moreover, when public officials pass tax increases, they may face the wrath of taxpayers at the ballot box. For this reason, governments are always looking for ways to get revenue without having to use tax revenue.
    One such ‘hidden’ method of seizing wealth from the taxpayers is through what is now called “civil asset forfeiture.”
    This occurs when a law enforcement agency seizes the assets – including real estate, cars, cash, and other valuables – from private citizens based merely on the suspicion that the person has committed a crime with the assets in question. No due process is necessary. No conviction in a court of law need occur. While it is technically possible to sue a government agency to reclaim one’s possessions, this requires immense amounts of time and legal fees to pursue. Needless to say, civil asset forfeiture has become a lucrative source of income for law enforcement agencies. And, over the past 30 years, the practice has become widespread.
    As Martin Armstrong detailed, between 1989 and 2010, U. S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. Now, according to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 19, 2017.


  • JULY 10/GOLD AND SILVER REBOUND/FRIDAY WITNESSES AN ASTRONOMICAL VOLUME OF 165,000 CONTRACTS/ITALY AND GERMANY BECOMES OUTRAGED WITH MIGRANTS: ITALY WANTS TO END IMMIGRATION;GERMANY WITNESSES THE…

    GOLD: $1213.90 UP $3.50
    Silver: $15.71 UP 28 cent(s)
    Closing access prices:
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    silver: $15.66
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    SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
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    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1211.50
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    LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1207.55
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1221.30
    LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1211.95
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1209.75 ???
    For comex gold:
    JULY/
    NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 1 NOTICE(S) FOR 100 OZ.
    TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 62 FOR 6200 OZ (.1928 TONNES)
    For silver:
    JULY
    61 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
    305,000 OZ/
    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 2323 for 11,615,000 oz

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on July 10, 2017.


  • Did Martin Shkreli’s FBI Arrest Save Him From A “Hit” Ordered By The Wu-Tang Clan?

    Just when you thought the bizarre antics of famed ‘Pharma Bro’, Martin Shkreli, couldn’t get any more outrageous, along comes a new book detailing how he was almost “whacked” by members of the Wu-Tang Clan after a twisted scheme, which somehow also involved Bill Murray, went horribly wrong. According to the book, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story,” it all started when Shkreli bought Wu-Tang Clan’s infamous record, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, for $2million.
    Wu-Tang fans were outraged at the sale because Shkreli purchased the album for his own personal use and was explicitly prohibited from commercially releasing the record for all to enjoy.
    Alas, the sale was apparently just a big scam designed to heighten interest in the record and make even more money. According to exclusive details from the Daily Mail, members of the Wu-Tang Clan had already plotted with Shkreli to stage a fake heist to ‘steal’ back the album, along with a little help from Bill Murray, from Shkreli’s home and then release it publicly. Here is how the original scheme was supposed to play out per the Daily Mail:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 2, 2017.


  • Comey Friend Unveils “Smoking Gun” Story

    For about a week now, Benjamin Wittes, the Brookings Institution senior fellow and noted ally of former FBI Director James Comey, has been taunting the Trump administration with tweets suggesting that another ‘bombshell’ story, presumably related to the Russia investigation, was in the works and set to drop any minute (we covered it all here: “Tick, Tick, Tick” Comey Ally Scrambles To Explain Why “Next Trump Bombshell” Didn’t Arrive Today).
    Of course, people took notice of the warnings because Wittes posted similar tweets just before the New York Times published their now infamous story on Comey’s memos.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 29, 2017.


  • “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.
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    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.