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August 4: Grand Jury on Russia Investigation is Impaneled & Trump's Vacation Begins

by Countable | 8.4.17

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*FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th *

What to Watch

What Everyone Is Watching

  • More like "What Everyone Is Looking Up," and that would be the word “impanel.” It’s what Special Counsel Robert Mueller has done: impaneled (or enrolled people onto) a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 elections. By forming a grand jury, Mueller can subpoena documents, place witnesses under oath, and, if there’s evidence of a crime, seek indictments.

What’s Worth Watching

  • Could it be a sign of things to come? Or is it just opportunistic? During President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in West Virginia last night, the Governor of the state, Jim Justice, announced that he was switching parties from Democrat to Republican. The Democratic Governors’ Association (DGA) blasted Justice for switching teams, saying, "Jim Justice deceived the state of West Virginia when he ran as a Democrat 8 months ago."

The President: D.C. & N.J.

  • In the morning, Trump heads to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a briefing on hurricane season.

  • The President joins VP Mike Pence for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

  • A phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron happens at 1:30 p.m.

  • The President’s vacation officially begins at 5:20 p.m. when Trump arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for his 17-day vacation.

The House of Representatives: OUT OF SESSION

  • The House will return from recess on September 5.

The Senate: IN SESSION

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

  • Cloture vote on a bill reauthorizing the FDA.

Hope you, too, have a vacation planned, CountaBuds.

"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."

—John Steinbeck

—Josh Herman & Barrett Pitner

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  • Joe
    08/04/2017
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    With a grand jury being impaneled, it authorizes them to really "get their hands dirty" in this investigation. The GOP's obstruction of this investigation for nearly 6 months is over. Obstructing now will mean possible prosecution. At least with Trump going on a 17 day vacation that will likely cost taxpayers approximately $50 million, he won't be in Washington to obstruct. Looks like the walls are finally closing in on this clown. "Mr. Mueller. Take him down!"

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  • Mary
    08/04/2017
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    So when campaigning Mr. Trump said that he would rarely leave the White House as there was too much work to be done for the American people. (LIE) He also said he wouldn't be taking vacations (though he ranted about the Obama family vacations) and he would be too busy working. (LIES) After this 17 day vacation he will have spent 53 or so days at leisure. Anybody out there get 50 vacation days paid for by the American people? The bottom line here is the man lied and told folks what they want to hear. He lied about the Mexican government paying for his wall. He even lied about how much the Boy Scout organization loved his speech. The man lies all the time. I cannot trust him when he says there is no Russian connection. I hope the grand jury does it's job and gets to the truth. The truth-wouldn't that be refreshing?

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  • Jean
    08/04/2017
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    The investigation Robert Muller is conducting is about the Russian interference into our election process. It is one every American should stand behind!

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  • Ochoninja
    08/04/2017
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    He should have to pay 💰 for his vacations. He's already spent millions on his weekly golf 🏌. Mueller is doing a good job

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  • Azrael
    08/04/2017
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    More of my tax dollars wasted on security because he can't use camp David

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  • M
    08/04/2017
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    Senator Tillis, now is the time for you to stand up for the American people as a true Patriot, not a partisan politician who turns a blind eye to the diminishment of the office of the President and the loss of America's position as an influential leader on the world stage. Stop accepting what Trump does as normal, look at the evidence as it is presented and listen to the American people! Do your job and protect our Democracy.

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  • Rick
    08/04/2017
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    Hopefully Mueller and his grand jury will enlighten the American people more on the truth behind the actions and words of this Liar in Chief and his Cronies! Grateful for this step in the investigative process! Waiting for the updates anxiously!

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  • Monica
    08/04/2017
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    How much is this vacation costing us? As well as his golf trips on weekends to the clubs he owns. Is he getting a double dip?

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  • Amoráh
    08/04/2017
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    More of my tax dollars wasted on security because he can't use camp David. Make him PAY for his and kids' vacations! NOW!!!!!!

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  • Cindy
    08/04/2017
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    I am certain the Russian investigation will not take a vacation !!!! :)

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  • Latricia
    08/04/2017
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    The president should pay for his own vacation. I'm tired of my tax dollars being funneled into his pocket and propping up the bottom line of his companies. I pay taxes to support America not the Trump family corporation.

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  • Brandonnd
    08/04/2017
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    In this country we should always uphold and respect the formal process and rule of law. The "Rule of Law" is the Great Foundation of Our Constitution. The very meaning and structure of our Constitution embody this principle. Nowhere expressed yet evident throughout the Constitution, this bedrock concept is the first principle on which the American legal and political system was built. I believe Mr. Mueller embodies that principle.

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  • Frankie
    08/04/2017
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    Full support for Mueller. Follow the money. Trump step down now

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  • Larry
    08/04/2017
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    It's Mueller Time.

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  • Buddy
    08/04/2017
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    More wasted $$ for a man that lied about taking a vacation. I wonder how much $$ Trump will make since he is once again using 1 of his businesses again? Impeaching Trump, and his "Cronies" by Association would save the Taxpayers Billions of $$.

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  • Pilgrimpoet
    08/04/2017
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    Trump's taking a vacation? How dare he, after his comments about President Obama's time off? Why oh why is this terrible man still in the White House?

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  • Pamela
    08/04/2017
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    Vacation??? WTF has he been doing every weekend since he got to Washington???

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  • Troy
    08/04/2017
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    If this much time was used then investigate Hillary, she would be under the prison.

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  • Cherilee
    08/04/2017
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    Support the completion of this investigation and Meuller

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  • Jesse
    08/04/2017
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    Yes this a very good idea

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