Friday, March 22, 2019



Good Morning.   The developments regarding Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller will be noted later in this Newsdump summary.

But first, the shakeup at a group hostile to supporters of President Trump and a broad range of conservative, religious and libertarian people and organizations continued Friday.

The president of the Montgomery, Alabama based Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen, announced in an email that he's leaving taking responsibility for unspecified "problems".

Last week SPLC founder Morris Dees was fired for an unspecified reason.

But the Cohen email mentions an outside party coming in to review the workplace environment.

Tina Tchen is a former chief of staff to Michelle Obama and currently works at a law firm that deals with racial and gender equality and sexual harassment in workplaces.

The French government's crackdown policies in force this Saturday for Week 19 of the Yellow Vests protests.

Bans on demonstrations, higher fines, deployment of military forces from anti-terrorist units at "fixed points", all part of the new policies said by media to ensure there will be injuries.

They follow last week's highly visible infiltration of the Yellow Vests by anarchists who staged attacks on buildings and cars and looted some businesses on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Breaking News updates on the Yellow Vests At The Link......HERE

More than 100 locations are designated for Yellow Vests protests in France Saturday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May releasing a letter to MP's Friday evening specifying her plans to force acceptance of her Brexit proposal considered to be a fake exit from the European Union by Brexit activists or else she will act to delay Brexit further.

She laid out four possible scenarios in the days ahead.

But Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, allies that give her a governing majority in the House of Commons, have affirmed their continued opposition to her Brexit plan saying she had failed to get changes acceptable to them.  The BBC spin on this story at the link.....HERE

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters spoke Friday at an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey.

Peters said the terrorist attack on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was "an attack on us all" and that a thorough police investigation was launched in its aftermath.

He said that the attacker will spend the rest of his life alone in a cell.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made a vow to stand against:

"all this hate speech, violence and terrorism with both our speech and practical steps"

Peters traveled to Turkey in part to address angry comments from Turkey's President Erdogan saying attacker Brenton Tarrant would be dealt with by Turkey if New Zealand couldn't handle it.

Tarrant expressed his hatred of Turks in his manifesto and the desire that all Turks in Europe be killed.   He wrote anti-Turkish messaging on the firearm he used.

In Utrecht, Holland Friday the Turkish born man charged with killing three people Monday and injuring five others admitted his guilt to a judge saying he acted alone.

Gokmen Tanis is accused of carrying out the attack with terrorist intent.

Prosecutors will not disclose the details of his confession citing the need for further investigation.

A 77 year old priest injured when he was stabbed during Mass at a church in Montreal Friday.

The service was being televised on a local station when a 26 year old man wearing a baseball cap rushed Father Claude Grau as he stood at the altar.

The church's security team quickly took the man into custody.

Police say the 26 year old man is known to them.   The priest received cuts to the upper part of his body.

Media reporting "no clear motive" for the attack in a city with a large Muslim population.

Ten arrests in Germany with those arrested suspected of plotting an "Islamist" attack.

Some 200 police carrying out raids in the Frankfurt area Friday to head off what they said was a planned attack with a car and guns.   11 were taken into custody by the police but only 10 will face charges.

The main suspects are associated with the Salafist Islamic community.

Turkey's President critical of President Trump's endorsement of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights Thursday.    Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at the same meeting of Islamic nations in Turkey Friday.

Erdogan called Trump's comments endorsing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan "unfortunate".

He told the foreign ministers of the Islamic nations that:

"we cannot allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights."

President Trump set to formalize recognition of Israeli sovereignty signing a document when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington next week.  Trump's action seen as a boost to Netanyahu's efforts at re-election on April 9th.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday to speed up forest management ahead of this year's fire season.

Last year's fire season saw massive fires with deadly consequences and extensive damage.

The emergency declaration will allow for environmental regulations to be ignored so dead trees and brush can be removed.

President Trump drew a barrage of criticism after last year's deadly Butte fire when he criticized the way forests were managed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency exposed some 2.3 million disaster assistance applicants to possible identity theft.

That admission from the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General Friday,  A third party contractor received address and bank account data from those people.

Survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and California wildfires put at risk.   The report said that no evidence of any misuse of the data has been found.

The Washington activist group Judicial Watch releasing the last batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  The suit to get release of any government emails the FBI was able to recover that were transmitted through her private email system.

The FBI was able to get back 5000 of 33000 emails deleted by a person managing the private server.

One of the emails involves Clinton lawyer and confidant Lanny Davis offering to act as a private line of communication between Secretary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Judicial Watch wants the Department of Justice to launch a new investigation into Clinton's use of a private server for government emails.

And yes, here it is.....Late Friday afternoon a Justice Department spokeswoman put out word that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has completed his investigation.    Much in the media talking about Mueller, the "investigaton", the "report" and so on but lets stick to the facts in this.

We are also told that no further charges will be filed in connection with Mueller's investigation.

Mueller's report is now with Attorney General William Barr who will make the call on its publication.

President Trump pulling back from imposing new sanctions on North Korea Friday.  His move comes on the same day that North Korea pulled its people out of a joint office with South Korea operating on the border between the two Koreas.

The United States imposing sanctions on Venezuela's development bank Bandes following the disappearance of Interim President Juan Guaido's Chief of Staff.

Roberto Marrero was seized by secret police of Venezeula's SEBIN at 2 am Thursday morning.  His whereabouts are not known.

Weapons were reported planted in his home as part of the secret police operation that took him away.

And in recent hours the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces claiming that they have taken control of the last pocket of Syrian territory held by the Islamic State.

And that's the way it really is on this Newsdump Saturday morning March 23rd, 2019.

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