Timing is everything. Bannon arrested on heels of FBI lawyer plea bargain

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court on August 20, 2020 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Bannon and three other defendants have been indicted for allegedly defrauding donors in a $25 million border wall fundraising campaign. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Dems continue twisting every possible event to be yet another Trump misstep. One of their own pleads guilty, therefore, dirt must be dug up on Trump – no matter how confabulated. Bannon, not the best with details, now faces mail fraud charges from the US Post Office. A non-profit raising donations for The Wall, Bannon is a go-to fundraiser but something went amiss and the Post Office arrested Bannon on a yacht. The press says Trump is shaking in his boots, but Bannon had left the Trump administration prior to all of this. Just another day of mudslinging by the Bully Party.

 


brad johnson it is august the 21st of
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2020
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and uh there was a very interestingly
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timed arrest
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of steve bannon um allegedly for
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breaking some rules
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in terms of fundraising for the wall and
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uh for me
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it just looks like a tit for tat
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in terms of the the guilty plea
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of the fbi lawyer but maybe there’s some
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more to it what do you what do you know
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about that
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yeah it’s kind of an interesting case
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and as you say there’s some quirks to
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the timing that are worth kind of
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laying out a little bit but uh in
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essence what happened
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was uh after steve bannon left the
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uh you know working for president trump
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after he
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left his job at at national security
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council he went off and did some other
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things
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and one of the things that he did was
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try to raise this
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fund for build the wall so he was trying
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to
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privately fund it uh by getting
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donations from people
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and according to the what the press is
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reporting on the charges
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which you know take this with a grain of
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salt what they’re reporting is
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that part of his sales pitch
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was you know to get donations was that
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it was an all-volunteer effort
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and so uh then part of the money was
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was paid out of that fund to another
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nonprofit
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and out of that other non-profit some
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people that were
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friends of steve bannon working with him
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on this project were getting money
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nowhere in that did they say that steve
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bannon was being paid money
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they did say that out of this uh
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effort to build the wall he was paying
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some of his expenses
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now there’s some talk about some of this
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was done
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you know it’s it’s unclear who exactly
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was doing that but some of what they’re
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saying is that it
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it crossed the line because he was
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buying you know a car
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and and plastic surgery for his face
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which
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after looking at him i don’t see a lot
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of signs of that
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but maybe so and uh you know other
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personal items so that’s the charge that
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he was using this money to cover his
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personal items now out of a non-profit
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if you don’t pay yourself a salary but
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cover your expenses that is still an
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all-volunteer organization now
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i don’t know steve bannon well i mean
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i’ve met him he goes to some of these
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events and organizes events that i
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get invited to and things like that so
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i’ve met him but don’t know him
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we’ve never had a personal one-on-one
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conversation but just in my observations
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of the man
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and something that everybody says about
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him is he’s very sloppy i mean he’s just
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a sloppy guy you know if you look at how
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he’s dressed how he
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you know kind of doesn’t really cut his
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hair and all this sort of stuff
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uh he’s just a sloppy guy so if anything
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i would kind of lean towards that that
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you know he was
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just sloppy in the way he did some of
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this stuff
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but the friends that were helping him on
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this thing
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according to the press reporting were
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the ones that were getting the money
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uh paid in as uh like a salary
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out of this other non-profit so then the
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the charge is that this is
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as uh electronic mail fraud the post
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offices that are the guys
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impressing these charges uh
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now some of the timing out of this
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that’s so interesting
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and what you alluded to early on in the
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introduction is that this
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lawyer kleinsmith uh
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just got indicted out of part of the u.s
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attorney uh john durham investigation
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which is this whole
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fisa fiasco stuff so and then in a
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previous interview we talked about what
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a key guy he is and
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it really looks like he’s basically
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flipped and agreed to testify to get
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only one charge and a much less lesser
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penalty you know lesser jail time
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uh out of the deal so it’s a big deal
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and a lot of i think a lot of other
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uh indictments are coming on the heels
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of that and he’s sort of like the first
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the first domino to be touched and
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pushed over
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now so what the timing of this
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is kind of matches that i will say one
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thing now of course the post office
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is like state department and a lot of
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the other federal agencies it’s been
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very very liberal for a very long time
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and so it would be
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an a place that’s clearly susceptible
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to uh you know political corruption in
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the leadership level
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and certainly within that investigative
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arm of the post office
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most people don’t realize i mean the
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post office even has jail cells in
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in the larger post office uh facilities
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and so they’re they’re actually quite
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active on this and a lot of people have
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gone to jail for
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mail fraud of one type or another and
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this is what they’re saying falls into
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that category
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uh but now the suspicious end of things
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of course is the timing one
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because we just had kleinsmith the
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lawyer kleinsmith the fbi
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lawyer get indicted so they need
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something to offset that
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so the democrats do so this would be
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good timing in that sense to show that
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there’s other indictments and
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the press coverage of this now is saying
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oh president trump
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better be worried in all this but i i
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think this is going to be the same as
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all of this other stuff the ukraine
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phone call the mueller investigation
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all of this stuff is just doing whatever
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they can do whatever they can come
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across whatever they can find that can
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be twisted
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in any way shape or form i personally
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doubt steve bannon who is not
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poor uh who wasn’t apparently even
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according to the negative reporting
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coming out of the mainstream media
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wasn’t
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paying himself a salary he was covering
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expenses
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um i just don’t see him you know
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that he’s such in such desperate needs
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of money that that he really did all of
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that stuff
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now the legitimate expenses i mean if
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he’s having
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while he’s out trying to collect money
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has to go to a meeting here there and
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all that
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travel expenses and you know hotel and
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food and
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basically per diem expenses all of those
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are
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perfectly legitimate expenses that
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almost everyone does
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even if they don’t take a salary so i
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i tend to suspect some sort of
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manipulation of the information out
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there and
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what he came out and said was steve
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bannon was publicly
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but it hit this morning but he just said
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this is you know by people who don’t
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want the wall built which
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struck me as kind of a lame comment but
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that’s what he said
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president trump on the other hand first
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of all steve bannon had left
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working for the nsc had not was not
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working for the government wasn’t
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working for trump wasn’t working for the
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campaign
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at any of those things they were
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completely cut
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they not that they don’t have a friendly
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relationship but all that had stopped
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the professional end of it
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had ended and uh steve bannon went out
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on with all this on his own
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the president according to the president
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uh which were also comments that were
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published this morning
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he said look you know i heard about this
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thing didn’t like it because it’s
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you know not government it’s not private
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it’s just some sort of
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mix and i told them you know i don’t
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like this whole idea if that’s what
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you’re gonna do go do it but you know
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i’m not involved
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and if you look back the president was
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never the one coming out and supporting
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this
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he never came out and said oh you know
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support this this non-profit to build a
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wall
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so i think the hands of the president
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are completely clean on this he had
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never
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had anything to do with it directly i
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think it was a
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a thing by steve bannon and why he got
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involved in that
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maybe he just believed strongly in the
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wall don’t know i
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like i say i would be tend to be
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surprised if he really you know he’s
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kind of a sloppy guy so maybe he bent
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some of the rules a little bit but
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probably more out of the
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just kind of his natural state of being
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than like going oh
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i can steal you know five thousand
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dollars over there for my
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new haircut or whatever which steve you
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can do some helping that everybody
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and at any rate the other aspect of this
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i also find very interesting is where he
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was arrested
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and so they wait to arrest him because
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of course
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once they get to that point they’re
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surveilling him i mean how would you
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know somebody’s out on a yacht
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and that’s where he got arrested the
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yacht belongs to guo i think is how it’s
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pronounced guo
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ed who is basically a chinese oligarch
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anti-communist
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and that guy and steve bannon have been
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working on some things to expose
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chinese corruption and things that
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they’re doing in the united states so
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it’s actually been a fairly effective
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program and and that guy
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that chinese oligarch who owned the
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yacht and steve bannon have been working
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on that so that was a natural thing for
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them to
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meet and certainly a yacht out you know
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out in the ocean is a great place to
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have
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private conversations away from you know
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eavesdropping or
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electronic collection means things like
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that so uh
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why they he would be arrested while he
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was on a yacht and they even report
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in the press reporting that he was
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arrested having a sunburn
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and so i find that very suspicious i
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think they’re trying to
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you know arrest him at a moment where
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it’s it’s
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done for appearances to make him
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look bad and if you look back i i
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hearkened back
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to uh uh some of the guys that were
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arrested that had uh
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uh worked with uh president trump in the
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campaign and
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you know they were going to the guy the
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one guy’s house in the middle of the
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night and arrested him at
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two or three o’clock in the morning with
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12 vehicles and all these guys and dogs
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and arms and just
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you know and the older guy just you know
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would have come out and turned himself
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in if they’d asked him to do it
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and yet they arrested him that way and
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the cnn news crew happened to be staking
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out the property just in case
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and so the whole thing was filmed and
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put out on the news i think this is a
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repeat of that and that’s one of the
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reasons i’m so suspicious
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of this whole thing from the very
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beginning i doubt there’s anything very
09:49
serious in there against steve bannon
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we’ll see uh but certainly the timing
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and the place of arrest you’ve got to
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question i think it clearly shows
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uh a political uh acts to grind behind
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the scenes on how all this was done
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the other aspect of this and final point
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on this is
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u.s attorney general barr has not
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weighed in on this
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i don’t know how it works for the post
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office
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to be arresting them i don’t know if
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their
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authorities are under department of
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justice but that’s an interesting
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question
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it again is an area of of
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that i find suspect because if the post
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office was selected to do this
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in order to get out from under u.s
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attorney general barr
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who’s clearly been cracking down on
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these
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politically motivated arrests versus
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you know being motivated by just
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straight up criminal activity
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i i wonder about all of that aspect of
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it and of course the u.s attorney
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general bar hasn’t weighed in on any of
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this yet
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i don’t know if it’s appropriate for him
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to do so that’s another aspect of this
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that i find very interesting
10:58
that specifically it was the post office
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not that they were inappropriate to do
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it
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just that the post office was selected
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because we see these
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uh these politically motivated aspects
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of it to the timing
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and which i find very suspicious and the
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fact that he was arrested on this yacht
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which is also clearly i think meant to
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embarrass
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us steve bannon so i the whole thing
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stinks i think it’s going to be another
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mueller investigation but
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uh well time will tell we’ll see also i
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mean i just read this
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i can’t even cite the source so i don’t
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know if it’s true or not but
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what i had read was that the total
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amount of money in question was well
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below
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the three or four percent which is fully
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allowable for a not-for-profit
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yes i think that’s true as well and so
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it it it
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just it makes the whole thing look like
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it’s politically motivated versus some
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sort of criminal thing
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and uh like i said i you know the these
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guys involved i don’t know the others
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the other three people i think there
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were four indictments total
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uh i but this the steve bannon i mean
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he’s not a poor guy
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and you know he wasn’t making huge
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amounts of money off of this
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and as you say the amounts out of the
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total were quite small
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and there’s always a an allowable fudge
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amount in there and
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if it went off to another nonprofit and
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that non-profit paid people salaries i
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don’t know that that’s necessarily
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illegal so you know not my area of
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expertise clearly but you know all that
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has to be pounded out and we’ll see how
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it goes but i
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i don’t like i say i just don’t see uh
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this
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that steve bannon is in any great
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trouble and i think that the press
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trying to link this to president trump
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is just pure bs it’s the usual stuff it
12:39
just looked at it as like
12:40
that ukraine phone call which was
12:42
nothing uh which is all perfectly
12:45
legal and moral and ethical and all
12:47
those sorts of things
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i think it’s just another thing like
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that they’re taking something fairly
12:52
normal
12:53
maybe not perfect but fairly normal and
12:55
trying to taint it as some evil thing
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and they’re out there
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talking about oh this guy was
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recommended for indictment and that guy
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for investigation and this and that and
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the other
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trying to make it look like some sort of
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you know criminal cabal
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where it’s all bs it’s just it’s it’s
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all politically motivated
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bs by corrupt u.s government officials
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who are willing to
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support the democratic party and prison
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and the uh democratic uh uh
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biden you know a candidate and all this
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sort of stuff i
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i it’s just it’s stinky the whole thing
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is just stinky
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