Tuesday Open Thread | Robert Mueller’s sealed indictments

Finally. We were wondering when the mainstream conversation would finally get there. The topic, of course, is Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his sealed indictments. Politico addressed the topic yesterday, pointing out that Mueller can obtain sealed indictments against a number of Trump-Russia figures as a way of protecting himself. If Donald Trump tries to fire him, he can immediately unseal the indictments, and upend everything. Here’s the catch: the evidence suggests that Mueller began obtaining sealed indictments six months ago or more.

Back in October of last year, when Robert Mueller arrested Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the most underreported detail was they were listed as “Indictment (B)” in the court filings. That meant there had to be an “Indictment (A)” as well, and that one or more other people were named in it. By definition, the person or people named in Indictment (A) had to have been bigger fish than Manafort or Gates, and had to have been at least tangentially connected to the crimes that Manafort and Gates were charged with. Indictment (A) never did surface, which means that it’s been under seal all this time.

At the time, Palmer Report made the argument as to why, logically speaking, Indictment (A) was probably against Donald Trump. Others have made the argument that it was more likely against Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr, or some other big fish. Any or all of these names are possible; the point of a sealed indictment is that we have no way of confirming the names for sure.

In subsequent court filings, we haven’t been able to spot evidence of additional sealed indictments. But that may just mean that Robert Mueller got better at covering his tracks after the first one. In any case, the question is not whether Mueller is sitting on sealed indictments. The question is how many of those indictments he’s sitting on, and who all they’re against. If Donald Trump starts the complex firing process required to get Mueller fired, Mueller could have the indictments unsealed and the targets arrested before he’s fired. It’s his insurance policy. It has been all along.

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Police wrestled a black woman to the ground, exposing her breasts in restaurant

It looked like a sexual assault in a public restaurant. Slave patrols pulling a black woman’s clothes off in public and dragging her to the ground over plastic wear & patrons kept eating like it was nothing. Cop also threatened to break black woman’s arm. Perverted slave patrol mofos!  Dylann Roof killed 9 Black people at a church & cops took him to get food at Burger King. I despise them with everything in me!

Two police officers in Alabama wrestled a woman to the ground in a Waffle House on Sunday morning, exposing her breasts during the struggle and prompting comparisons to two black men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks earlier this month.

The incident sparked a sit-in protest at the store Sunday afternoon, and prompted responses from the NAACP and celebrities.

A video that has gone viral shows Chikesia Clemons, 25, sitting on a chair at the diner in Saraland, north of Mobile, as one of the officers grabs her neck and right wrist in an attempt to subdue her. Clemons describes a disagreement with a store employee that triggered the police response. She soon appears conscious of her tube top, and raises her arms to cover her bust line.

“You’re not going to grab on me like that, no,” Clemons tells the officer, who appears to speak to another officer off-camera in the video filmed by Clemons’s friend, Canita Adams.

What happens next is unclear. AL.com published an edited version of Adams’s video that jumps to the moment Clemons and the two officers go to the ground in a violent tumble. It is unclear from the video who initiated the struggle that forced Clemons and the officers to the floor.

“What are you doing?” Clemons asks as the struggle continues on the tile floor.

“I’ll break your arm, that’s what I’m about to do,” an officer says.

The struggle continues, with officers demanding Clemons to stop “resisting” as her breast is exposed.

At one point, an officer places his hand around her neck.

“You’re choking me!” Clemons cries out.

The officer releases his grip when a third officer nearby gestures with his hand. Clemons was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, her mother Chiquitta Clemons-Howard told AL.com

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Monday Open Thread | Shania Twain says she would’ve voted for Trump, later apologizes

Dear Shania Twain,

That don’t impress me much….. You said what you said! Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.

Seeing how she’s a Canadian citizen, Shania Twain couldn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. But the country crossover star says she would have cast her ballot for President Trump.

“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” Twain says in a new interview published Sunday by The Guardian. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want (BS). I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

By Sunday evening, Twain had backpedaled from her remarks, apologizing for her “awkward” answer and saying the question caught her off guard.

“I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President,” she tweeted. “My limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.

“My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”

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29 year old James Shaw Jr tackled Waffle House Shooter

A 29-year-old man credited with saving numerous lives Sunday morning after he disarmed a man who opened fire on an Antioch Waffle House said he was just trying to stay alive.

James Shaw Jr., 29, said after feeling cornered he saw an opportunity to tackle the man shooting into an Antioch Waffle House. He said he doesn’t feel like a hero.

Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters Sunday morning that the Waffle House hero rushed the suspected shooter, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle he was carrying over the counter.

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” Shaw Jr. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

Shaw Jr. said he was at a fraternity house party before heading to the Bell Road Waffle House at about 2:30 a.m. with some friends. They left soon after because it was too packed, he said.

They decided on the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Road, which was just over 2 miles away.

The group pulled into the Waffle House at about 3:20 a.m. Not soon after, chaos broke out.

Police said the suspected shooter opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike, which is just south of Mt. View Road. The shooting left at least four dead and four injured.

Police said they are drafting warrants for murder charges against Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton Illinois, in connection to the shooting. Authorities continue to search for Reinking.

A man believed to be Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apartments on Mountain Springs Drive, near the Waffle House. The man was wearing black pants and no shirt, police said.

The “hero” suffered an injury to his elbow, along with some other abrasions, Aaron said. He was taken to TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, was treated for minor injuries and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Shaw Jr. can’t recall how many shots there were, just that a man was on the floor. Shaw Jr. said a bullet grazed and he jumped toward the bathroom.

“I remember I was like ‘Dang, I’m basically in a barrel,’ ” Shaw Jr. said. “There is no place for me to go.”

As the suspect came through the door, he needed to reload, Shaw Jr. said. That’s when he said he rushed him.

“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill,” Shaw Jr. said. “I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him.”

He added: “I grabbed the gun and kept it down. He had one hand on it. I pulled it away and threw it over the bar.”

Shaw Jr. said the suspect took himself outside and walked quickly away. He didn’t follow him for fear that he had another gun. The man was clothed only in a green bomber jacket, Shaw Jr. said.

Shaw Jr. said not soon after he flagged down drivers to call 911.

He was taken to the hospital at about 4 a.m. and released at 7:30 a.m.

“While I was in hospital, a girl that was there said you saved my life,” he said. “I didn’t do it to be hero.”

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Sunday Open Thread

Have a Blessed Sunday, Everyone.

Hat tip Yahtzee: Gospel singer Clara Ward was born on this day, April 21, in 1924.

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Saturday Open Thread | AG Jeff Sessions told White House he might leave if Rosenstein is fired

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Friday Open Thread | Popular Music Cover Songs

TGIF, Everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the cover songs this week. I always turn to music, when I need to soothe SOUL

We Built This City-Starship

We Built This City (Aron Wright & Jill Andrews)

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