Saturday, February 9, 2019



At the top of the Newsdump this morning.

President Trump is refusing to report to Congress on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

The President was under a Friday deadline to provide information about whether top Saudi officials including de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman were involved in the killing.

There was a report this week that US intelligence officials intercepted a conversation between bin Salman and a top aide in 2017 where the Crown Prince said he wanted to put a bullet in Khashoggi's head.

The President is said to be breaking the law by not reporting under a 120 day deadline imposed by the Global Magnitsky Act.

Juan Pachon, a spokesman for New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee told the Turkish Anadolu News Agency in an emailed statement.

"The law is clear.  The President has no discretion here.   He's either complying with the law or breaking it"

But an anonymous White House official says that the President has discretion to decline action on the request of the Senators.

Both President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have defended a close US-Saudi relationship in spite of the Khashoggi killing saying it is in the interests of peace and security for Israel.

(Special Comment:  Whatever the reasons we must be close to Saudi Arabia and regardless of Khashoggi's beliefs-"Muslim Brotherhood" his murder was brutal and even more important, Saudi Arabia funded jihadists who destabilized Libya and Syria and sent millions of migrants into Europe and beyond.   All the rapes, murders and whatever else one wishes to attribute to migrants in Europe should remind us that Saudi Arabia helped put them there.)

Later this month the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner is expected to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman on his visit to five Arab countries to lay out financial plans connected to President Trump's "Deal of the Century" plan for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

But media attention will be on another meeting at that time, the one in Hanoi, Vietnam between the President and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un.   US North Korea representative Stephen Biegun confirming those details after he left a meeting with top officials in that country.  February 27th and 28th the days for the second Trump-Kim summit.

A second rape allegation against Virginia's Lt. Governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax.

This time its about an alleged assault at Duke University in the year 2000 when he and the woman making the allegation were students there.   Fairfax has also been accused of rape at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Democrats in the Virginia legislature calling for his resignation.

Fairfax saying he is the victim of a "smear campaign".

The private investigator working for the world's richest man and owner of the "Washington Post", Jeff Bezos, says he thinks a government source is feeding the "National Enquirer" with private messages between Bezos and his lover, Lauren Sanchez.

Bezos went public Thursday on a blog saying that he was being blackmailed by the "Enquirer" over his private investigation of how they got those messages.  He produced an email sent to his intermediaries by an AMI lawyer.

American Media Incorporated is defending itself against the allegation saying its coverage of Bezos prominently featured in recent "Enquirer" issues is legal and proper.   AMI says it is conducting an internal investigation.

AMI  CEO David Pecker is a close friend of President Trump with Bezos's "Washington Post" critical of the President.

Bezos also bringing up ties between AMI and Saudi Arabia.  Jamal Khashoggi wrote articles critical of the Saudi government for the "Post" before his murder by Saudis at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In the UK Tommy Robinson using his media skills that put him in prison for two months to take on media bias against him from the BBC.

In a Facebook video posted Friday evening, Robinson said that the BBC was working with a government funded agency on a project called "Tommy Take Down".

Robinson plans to release his own video expose of the BBC's activities with undercover video he has in his possession premiering it on Saturday February 23rd on a big screen outside BBC offices either in London or Manchester.

Robinson said that there was been an exchange of legal documents with the BBC over its plans to go after him on its "Panorama" program.

Robinson's video at this link......HERE

The Yellow Vests protesting again Saturday, today, in Paris and on the border between France and Italy.   Other cities involved in the protests after a week where the Italian Deputy Prime Minister met Yellow Vests and Paris and France recalled its ambassador to Italy.

Our Breaking News post is at the link......HERE

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister-Interior Minister Matteo Salvini planning to meet his French counterpart Interior Minister Christophe Castaner next week to discuss migrants.  France balking at taking more migrants in on Friday.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker getting a grilling from the Democrats who run the House Judiciary Committee Friday.

Whittaker told his questioners that he did not speak about Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation with President Trump.

In Canada  two mass murders sentenced on Friday.

Toronto's "Gay Village" serial killer Bruce McArthur getting eight concurrent life sentences.   McArthur is 67 years old and will be eligible for parole when he is 91.

The man convicted of killing six in a Quebec City mosque in 2017.  Alexandre Bissonnette received a life sentence.  This means that the 29 year old will be eligible for parole at age 69.

Bissonnette pled guilty in the case.

The judge said prejudice was involved in the killings but also mental illness.

He said "punishment should not be vengeance".

And that's the way it really is on this Saturday morning February 9th, 2019.

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