There is so much news afoot, so to keep apace of it all I will posit Head-lines and sources, maybe a few excerpts, and present a well-rounded, full-balanced diet of pertinent news…sometimes with humor, because even Mary Poppins knows that a “spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down…”
Let’s commence, shall we?
FIRST UP, THIS ANALYSIS FROM JONAH GOLDBERG VIA BILL KRISTOL:
But the difference is personal CELL PHONE not personal EMAIL SERVER. BIG difference. HUGE. Fake news folks, fake news. LOL!
@realDonaldTrump fails again & again to recognize that the big leak in his WH is his narcissistic compulsion to talk about himself to people he thinks are “friends” who then sell their stories gleefully.
NOT ALL AMERICANS WERE DELUDED ENOUGH TO BUY THE LIE THAT TRUMP WAS “THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD FIX IT ALL…BECAUSE HE WOULD MAKE THE BEST DEALS…GET ONLY THE BEST PEOPLE…AND USE EXTREME VETTING…AND HAS A LOT OF WORDS, ALL THE BEST WORDS…THAT COME FROM A VERY GOOD BRAIN…OF A STABLE GENIUS…”
We now know Trump is proud of his pathological lying. That makes him much more dangerous than we thought
A leaked audio recording of Trump recalling his talks with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a private fundraising event in Missouri revealed that Trump isn’t deluded; he knows what he’s doing, and he enjoys it…
Donald Trump tells lies. That’s hardly news, of course. And certainly not fake news. According to The Washington Post, which is assiduously keeping count, the 45th US President has uttered or tweeted more than 2,000 false or misleading statements since swaggering into the White House. That’s an average of around five a day.
But does Trump spew this waterfall of lies knowingly? Or could it be that he is just chronically ignorant and obscenely intellectually lazy? Or is it perhaps a case of cognitive impairment, as suggested in a recent book? Is Trump mentally unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality?
A leaked audio recording of Trump recalling his talks with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a private fundraising event in Missouri gave us a pretty strong steer on this.
Trump bragged to his audience that he asserted something to the Canadian leader that he simply didn’t know was true or not. “I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do [have a trade surplus with the US].’ I didn’t even know … I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’”
In other words, Trump has admitted that he lies knowingly and shamelessly. Indeed, the Missouri audio demonstrates that he’s not merely shameless, but proud of his untruths.
Is there anything more to be said about Trump’s estrangement from truthfulness?
Yes. And it’s the fact that Trump is a political liar. The lies are not simply intended to deceive; they are, as the Russian dissident Masha Gessen has argued, a brute assertion of the primacy of power over truth, of a conception of power that simply does not recognise the authority of truth.
Trump says something that is untrue, that people around him know is untrue, that he himself knows to be untrue, and which he knows they know is untrue. Why?As a statement of his authority and the absolute nature of it. As the Missouri audio also reveals, the job of his aides, when a lie is told by their master, is to locate some evidence that his assertions are, in fact, correct.
By forcing his spokespeople and subordinates to repeat, defend or rationalise his blatant falsehoods in public, he destroys their own reputations and their own sense of self-respect. This may, or may not, be intended as a means of binding them more closely to him. Although given the rate at which personnel have been departing the Trump administration, it has arguably not been particularly effective in that regard…
TO ALL THIS LET ME SAY TRUMP MAKES EVERYTHING “PIZZA”…
Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey. As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived.
A kakistocracy (/ˌkækɪsˈtɒkrəsi, -ˈstɒk-/) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.
[SAID IN REPLY TO TRUMP SAYING THIS:]
James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and…..
Hey princess, why you so upset? If you’re innocent, you’ve got nothing to worry about
But you aren’t acting like an innocent man. You’re acting guilty as h*ll.
#CadetBoneSpurs you thought you’d come to DC & play with the big boys. Sorry, you’re an infant.
You could resign now & save our country the embarrassment (if you cared about America, that is)
Because, here’s the thing, slick. It’s going to get a whole lot worse. Your chickens are coming home to roost.
FIRST, LET’S LOOK AT THE WIDE-RANGE OF YAHOOS WHO RUN “DND INTERFERENCE” FOR TRUMP…ARE THEY A RELIABLE, TRUSTWORTHY GROUP TO LISTEN TO? [Note: Defend-N-Deflect.]
First up, Seb Gorka & Michael Flynn:
Rabidly anti-Muslim, racists. Flynn LIED to the VP, Prez. and Congress about being a Russian/Putin Puppet. Gorka is a card carrying member of The Nazi Party in Hungary, AND is wanted for a gun crime in Hungary. Flynn has represented Turkish and Russian interests against those of the U.S. .
Nationalism Movement; Conspiracy “theorists”/NUT; Alt-Right, aka KKK/Nazi; and PIZZA-GATE.
Next, Joseph diGenova:
Discredited for his pursuit of conspiracy theories, and [falsely] charging the innocent of crimes that folks HE REPRESENTS are guilty of; claimed(s) that Hillary “will soon face criminal charges”, despite numerous media reports explaining that Clinton is not the target of the FBI’s investigation, which is also not criminal in nature, [NY NOTE: HRC should be investigated independently, and I personally think she’s guilty, BUT she is NOT president and HER guilt doers NOT in one wit exonerate Trump of HIS GUILT in the matters of TREASON]; diGenova has called for [and praised] the firing of Mccabe, Comey, Mueller, Rothenstein, and has attacked and maligned the FBI and Law Enforcement in the investigation of Trump…BUT has shrilling-ly shrieked for the investigation of HRC & BHO. THIS IS pure D-N-D, Defend-N-Deflect.
Lastly, The D-N-D- List includes the complicit “Conservative” media, aka state-run media, including , but not limited to:
ANNE COULTER, (BUT SHE IS HAVING BUYER’S REMORSE, MORE ON THIS LATER)
Fox News host and former Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, who had an affair with the police officer who served on Robert Durst’s murder probe, according to one witness who spoke during a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles, California.
ALL of the above were to some degree or another, at one time or another, considered to be stalwarts of, and reliable voices of the once formidable Conservative movement, which…now they collectively are a foul, stench of the Bowel Movement.
Now, A Very Telling List Of Those Indicted and/or Pleaded GUILTY ALREADY In Mueller’s Investigation.
[NOTE: President “Stable Genius” says this is all a “witch hunt” and there was NO collusion, NO meeting(s), NO treason…if that were true then why are so MANY being charged WITH CRIMES AND PLEADING GUILTY???]
RICK GATES: CHARGED, PLEADED GUILTY
MIKE FLYNN: CHARGED, PLEADED GUILTY
GEORGE PAPADOPOULOUS: CHARGED, PLEADED GUILTY
PAUL MANAFORT: CHARGED, AND TRIED TO FLEE (NOT VERY INNOCENT ACTING)
RICHARD PINEDO: CHARGED AND PLEADED GUILTY
ALEXANDER VAN DER ZWAAN: CHARGED AND PLEADED GUILTY
One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges.
Mr. Trump made the call seeking advice from Jay Goldberg, who represented Mr. Trump in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Goldberg said he cautioned the president not to trust Mr. Cohen. On a scale of 100 to 1, where 100 is fully protecting the president, Mr. Cohen “isn’t even a 1,” he said he told Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cohen is under criminal investigation for potential bank fraud and campaign-finance violations. FBI agents raided Mr. Cohen’s home, hotel and office last week, seeking documents about, among other things, a $130,000 payment he made in October 2016 to a former adult-film actress to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Messrs. Trump and Cohen deny such an encounter occurred…
Sooooo, you (Trump) have a gaggle of losers, liars, and crooks who went to bat for you who are ALREADY indicted, MOST have ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY. And your “2nd Stringers” are not any better. Those under close scrutiny, that are directly tied to Trump include: SESSIONS, KUSHNER, BOTH TRUMP BOYS, NUNES, AND TRUMP HIMSELF…and the “Lap-Dog” “News media” that runs D-N-D for him, Trump’s “3rd String” is barely a notch above The Keystone Cops, and my sincerest apologies to The Keystone Cops.
BUT….sadly…THAT’S NOT ALL…
TRUMPS “4TH STRINGERS” ARE BEING TAPPED TO SERVE IN HIS “ADMINISTRATION”…
“4TH STRINGER #1.”
FROM TIM GRADOUS, TWITTER PATRIOT:
President Trump’s Stealth Appointment Of Radical Lesbian To EEOC
(RTTNews) – Richard Clarida, longtime economics professor at Columbia University, has been tapped by President Donald Trump to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Clarida has been Global Strategic Advisor for PIMCO for nearly 12 years. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Bureau of Economic Research…
THINGS THAT TRUMPTROLLS, TRUMPBOTS, CULT45, AND OTHER ASSORTED LIBERAL MORONS CAN NOT SAY ANYMORE:
“TRUMP WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP.”HA! from DT’s nomination onward EVERY pick has stocked the swamp to overflowing! Since the ’80’s DT has funded, voted for, and gone to bat FOR THE SWAMP! ONLY the bribed, bullied, and blackmailed fell in line with Trump! NOT ONE REAL CONSERVATIVE SUPPORTS TRUMP- NOT ONE!
“TRUMP WILL HIRE/APPOINT ONLY THE BEST PEOPLE.” HA! See above! Many others have QUIT or been FIRED from Tillerson on down.
“THE INVESTIGATION IS A WITCH HUNT.” Yeah, with over a score indicted, and over 75% ALREADY PLEADING GUILTY!!
“BUT WHAT ABOUT HILLARY/OBAMA/ANDREW JACKSON?” SHUT-UP! Their guilt (or innocence) does NOT IN ONE BIT make Trump innocent!! STOP THE D-N-D Bull-Crap NOW!!!
If the President is innocent, then why all the anger, the lies, the attacks on the press, the firings of senior law enforcement officers, the conspiratorial counteraccusations, the escalating threats against Mueller and Rosenstein?
Likely, because he is not at all innocent.
REPLIES TO EVAN ON TWITTER:
I remember when contradiction was sufficient to indicate the presence of something less than truth.
I asked the very same question. All I got was, what about hiliarys emails.
The Steve Job’s maxim is:
“A’s hire B’s, B’s hire C’s…so on and so forth…”
We, though, begin with Trump being a “Quadruple F-” who hired a gaggle of “Septuple F-‘s”!!
We truly, and sadly, have this:
A kakistocracy (/ˌkækɪsˈtɒkrəsi, -ˈstɒk-/) is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.
Even Anne “In Trump We Trust” Coulter is beginning to see the light:
What does “siege” mean in the context I use it? Essentially:
the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.
I will add:
often aided and abetted by people working within, aka traitors
And before launching into this write-up any further let me posit this:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
In 1913 America, having undergoing and surviving attacks against our God-given, Constitutionally-Codified Rights and Liberties thus far, finally in 1913 succumbed to the assault(s) by President Woodrow Wilson, and accepts the following:
THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
THE INCOME TAX.
THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, ( LATER TO BECOME THE UNITED NATIONS).
ALL of which are an assault and a violation of The Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, The Constitution, and the first 11 Amendments.
SOURCES: HERE , HERE , HERE . And where the coining and issuing of America’s currency IS clearly spelled out in Article 1, Section 8 (see above), it lays with CONGRESS, NOT The Federal Reserve.
These violations to some today seem, appearsmall. Too many have grown up and become accustomed to these VIOLATIONS of our God-given, Constitutionally-Codified rights and liberties… too many take these ASSAULTS on Liberty as “nothing”. “Eh, it’s just the way things are now” is how they act…like the Marxist VIOLATION of our God-given, Constitutionally-Codified rights and liberties is a “small thing “to them!!
What these people FAIL to see and discern is that by Woodrow Wilson being allowed to assault and circumvent essential God-given, Constitutionally-Codified rights and liberties, the wholly un-Constitutional ability to raise, print, coin, and manage America’s currency by a Banking entity independent of The Constitution, The Federal Reserve bank, AND the surrendering of America’s SOVEREIGNTY to a Global entity that Wilson and THE DEMOCRATS forged,set the stage for Herbert Hoover’s, FDR’s, Truman’s, JFK’s, LBJ’s, Nixon’s, Ford’s, Carter’s, Bush sr.’s, Cinton’s, Bush jr.’s (TARP & Bail outs), BHO’s, and now Trump’s violations. The “barn door” of America’s rights and liberties was left open and now the “horse is out of the barn”.
This has been akin to the old adage of put a frog in boiling water and he will jump IMMEDIATELY OUT…BUT place him in room temperature water and slowly turn up the heat…you can cook him.
America IS cooked.
“Really? You think it’s THAT bad?”
Yep…witness the following:
WE, America, now have such a vile, fetid excuse of a person serving as our President that he thinks the lawful execution of court-order search warrants is both an attack on America, and on him!!
First, this warrant did not issue just on probable cause. There is no way–no sliver of a chance of a way–that the SDNY went to a magistrate for a search warrant *against the lawyer for the President of the United States* without much more than probable cause. /2/
You can thus assume there was A LOT of evidence in that warrant application. You can also assume the magistrate in question reviewed it carefully. In other words, you can assume that the evidence more than amply supports the action taken yesterday. /3/
Second, all of that evidence is the evidence prosecutors had before they collected anything yesterday. In other words, you can assume that Michael Cohen has a very serious legal problem on his hands. /4/
Third, it is not good for a client when his lawyer is the subject of a search warrant involving matters concerning the services that lawyer provided to him. /5/
Fourth, really not good. /6/
Fifth, the President’s angry comments to the press yesterday and tweets today suggest that he perceives the ring as closing around him. I don’t do predictions but I do think it’s interesting that he perceives it that way. /7/
Monday’s FBI raids on Michael Cohen’s Rockefeller Center office, his hotel room, and his home all provided a proper dose of comeuppance to a man more accustomed to screaming threats, sh*t-tier legal theorizing, and putting his strip-mall law degree to work in service of Donald Trump.
Cohen, far from being the superlawyer to a billionaire real-estate tycoon, really only has one important job: covering up Trump’s alleged dalliances. It was Cohen batting cleanup, dealing with an army of models, escorts, Mistresses (large “M” and small “m”), actresses, porn stars, models, Real Dolls, fangirls, groupies, and random topiary at Mar-a-Delicto with a wall of nondisclosure agreements. Master of the NDA, Cohen thought attorney-client privilege would protect him.
Even before Trump opened his mouth on that fateful day, Cohen had managed to repeatedly hoist himself with his own petard in his dumb legal fight with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, hoping she would, like so many of Trump’s endless bimbo eruptions, go away after one of his spittle-flecked, apoplectic tantrums. If you ever wanted to see a proof of the Steve Jobs “As hire Bs and Bs hire Cs” rule, it was Trump hiring Cohen, and then Cohen hiring an attorney who was an even lower-rent knockoff version of himself. Hilarity ensued.
The image of Michael Cohen as a superlawyer was always laughable, and even the Trump fan club recognized that Cohen was a particular flavor of attorney: The Fixer. His desire to cast himself as a real-life Ray Donovan made him a kind of overwrought, grunting thug character destined for the cutting-room floor in even the most lurid soap-opera script.
Cohen, though, should be understood as an almost perfect metaphor for the Trump era, the Trump White House, and everything else orbiting this president like the hot chunks of waste spinning around the central oscillator at a sewage-treatment plant. He truly brings it all: the shoddy, hair-trigger temperament, the indifferent education and understanding of the world outside of dalliance-cleanup duty and real-estate branding deals, the malfeasance, the petty corruption, general sh*theel behavior, the impulsivity, the tantrum-as-negotiation style, and the overall sketchiness of the Trump administration.
Before Trump’s bizarre press conference on the FBI’s raid of Michael Cohen, I was actually becoming desensitized to Trump’s insanity, but the utter outrageousness of what he said today woke me back up. Here is my compelling brand-new column on why that is:
No, Mr. President, the FBI Raid on Your Personal Lawyer Was NOT an ‘Attack on Our Country’
The British setting fire to the White House in 1814 was an attack on our country. The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor was an attack on our country. The plane hijackings on 9/11 were an attack on our country.
The FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s personal attorney — approved by multiple law enforcement agencies, including some from of his own administration — was clearly NOT an “attack on our country,” in contradiction to the president’s bizarre statement today. And for Trump to claim that it was an “attack on our country” was completely morally outrageous, and perhaps the best indication yet that he knows he is in some sort of serious legal trouble.
If someone (other than a member of Trump’s “Cult 45”) knew absolutely nothing of the details of the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign, and only watched the president’s bizarre “press conference” in reaction to the news of the raid on Michael Cohen, I would like to believe that they would already have grave suspicions about Trump’s guilt. In fact, I can’t think of anything Trump would have done differently if we knew for certain that he is facing legal peril.
Here’s a partial list of all the things that Trump said that are far more consistent with his guilt than innocence:
Trump claimed that a totally legitimate raid, without any form of factual rebuttal, on his personal lawyer is an “attack on our country,” which is literally the last bastion of a scoundrel who has no other recourse than to wrap themselves in our flag all for their own selfish protection.
Trump charged that his own FBI “broke into” in his lawyer’s office, which is totally absurd given the absolute fact that they did so legally after having gotten a search warrant, with an extremely high legal threshold, to do the exploration.
Trump lied numerous times, vaguely alluding to wacky “conservative” media conspiracy theories, about the process of the Mueller investigation, which may not have even been directly responsible for the raid.
Trump totally contradicted himself (yet again) on the firing of then FBI Director James Comey by claiming that Rob Rosenstein’s explanation — that Comey was too tough on Hillary Clinton — was somehow the legitimate justification for the action.
Trump lied about the Mueller investigation’s conclusions, erroneously claiming that he had already determined that there was “no collusion” between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Trump went into a long and convoluted rant about how horrible Hillary Clinton is, which was not only well below even a Sean Hannity-grade attack on her, but completely irrelevant to the issue, except to throw raw meat to his “Cult 45” base of support.
Trump took a page from the Bill Clinton’s “Impeachment Survival Playbook” by touting how supposedly great things are in America right now and how it is all imperiled by this this “witch hunt” investigation(even hilariously blaming a minor stock market decline, which was meager compared to those caused by his trade war with China, on the news of the Cohen raid).
Trump continually whined about Mueller not hearing his side of the story (MY NOTES: Which is a house of LIES.), seemingly oblivious to the reality that after long ago boasting that he was eager to give Mueller an interview under oath, he has tellingly resisted answering Mueller’s questions at all.
There are two primary takeaways from this breathtaking display of hubris and narcissism. One, Trump must know, or at least fear, that he is in potentially big legal trouble. Two, even after over a year of being president of the United States, he is still such a self-centered and truly horrible person that he is willing to say, and probably do, literally anything to salvage his own hide, even at the potential expense of our form of government.
No one who is being honest knows for sure what the future looks like from here, but it sure looks like each possible road leads to some level of darkness.
Dear Twitter Friend and devout Twitter Patriot, Lisa Marie, said about John Ziegler’s article:
[Trump] is still such a self-centered and truly horrible person that he is willing to say, and probably do, literally anything to salvage his own hide, even at the potential expense of our form of government.
Doesn’t the investigation have to be completed before you conclude that Trump was unfairly targeted?
Previously tweeted by Michael Bates:
“The President will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world,” says .@PressSec. But mostly, because he’s having a really tremendous hissy fit.
Good job feeding the cult, Laura! Tweets like this are why Laura Ingraham is a Fox News “Host” and not a “News Anchor”. This allows her the freedom to spread lies and propaganda. She’s an attorney and knows better.
STATEMENT TO GOP LEADERSHIP: SUPPORT ROBERT MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION
BY NISKANEN CENTER
READ STATEMENT IN FULL AT ABOVE LINK, HERE ARE THE SIGNEES AND SUPPORTERS:
Jonathan Adler Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Claire Berlinski Manhattan Institute
Max Boot Senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Mona Charen Senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Linda Chavez Syndicated columnist and former Reagan White House official
Eliot Cohen Former Counselor, Department of State
Thomas Coleman Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-MO)
Joe Coon Cofounder, Niskanen Center
Daniel Drezner Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Mickey Edwards Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-OK)
Former chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee
Founding trustee, Heritage Foundation
National chairman, American Conservative Union.
Mindy Finn Stand Up Republic
Jeffrey Gedmin Senior fellow, Atlantic Council
Former president, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Bob Inglis Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-SC)
David Jolly Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-FL)
James Kirchick Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
Harvey Klehr Andrew Mellon Professor Emeritus of History and Politics
William Kristol Senior aide in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations
R. J. Lyman Founding director, Unite the Center
Liz Mair Former RNC spokeswoman and adviser to Carly Fiorina, former Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rand Paul, and Gov. Scott Walker
Evan McMullin Stand Up Republic
Tom Nichols Author and scholar
Ronald Radosh Adjunct fellow, Hudson Institute
Gabriel Schoenfeld Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Sol Stern Author and journalist
Andrew Sullivan Writer-at-large, New York magazine
Jerry Taylor Cofounder and president, Niskanen Center
Benjamin Wittes Senior fellow, Brookings Institution
John Ziegler Columnist, Mediaite
Prominent conservatives who would like to be included as signatories can contact Niskanen Center vice president Brink Lindsey at email@example.com.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian Federation continues to heat up.1
The investigation has already yielded a slew of indictments. Just this past week it was revealed that in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election Richard Gates — the former top Trump campaign aide who has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and engaging in conspiracy against the United States — communicated with someone he knew to be a Russian spy. The future of the Trump administration is crumbling before our eyes, and things are only going to get worse for the corrupt regime.
Today, another dramatic development in the Russia saga unfolded. The Guardian reports that Ted Malloch — who was previously discussed as a possible US Ambassador to the United Nations under Trump — was detained and interrogated by the FBI at Logan airport in Boston right after he touched down in the United States.
Malloch, who has been a repeat contributor to Alex Jones’s far-right, conspiracy theorist, fake news website InfoWars, said that the FBI agents asked him about his involvement with the Trump campaign, as well as his interactions with Roger Stone. They also pushed to find out if he had met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Malloch said the interrogation was intimidating, adding that the agents “seemed to know everything about me.” His phone was confiscated and taken to D.C. for a “full assessment.” He claims his role in the Trump campaign was an informal, unpaid position, that he only met with Stone three times, and that he never went to the Ecuadorian embassy to see Assange. The veracity of his claims has yet to be verified.
FROM A TWITTER PATRIOT:
In 1968, Mueller earned the Bronze Star for combat valor for rescuing a wounded Marine under enemy fire during an ambush that killed half his platoon. In 1969, he was wounded by enemy gunfire, recovered and returned to his platoon.
QUESTION TO ASK:
WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST AND BELIEVE? A DISTINGUISHED, HONORABLE, COURAGEOUS SOLDIER AND OFFICER IN THE MARINES?
OR “COMMANDANT BONE-SPURS” THE LYING COWARD-IN-CHIEF??
AAAANNNNDD IN OTHER NEWS-
Robert Mueller May Have Found That Witch That Trump Claims He’s Hunting For
The special counsel spells out a link between Trump’s campaign and Russian military intelligence in a new court filing.
WASHINGTON ― After a year of Donald Trump’s complaints that a criminal investigation into his presidential campaign is nothing more than a “witch hunt,” it turns out that special counsel Robert Mueller may have, in fact, found a Russian witch.
In the final months before the 2016 election, top Trump campaign aide Rick Gates was in contact with a former member of Russian military intelligence whose background he knew about, according to a new court filing by Mueller’s office.
“Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents assisting the Special Counsel’s Office assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016,” states a sentencing memo in the case of Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying to federal prosecutors earlier this year.
The White House press office did not respond to HuffPost queries about the memo in light of Trump’s repeated questioning of the legitimacy of Mueller’s investigation. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did offer the standard White House blanket denial that Trump or his campaign had done anything wrong.
“There was no collusion and we’re confident in that,” Sanders said.
Trump has called Mueller’s probe a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” dozens of times since taking office 14 months ago. Of late, he has taken to writing “witch hunt” in all capital letters for emphasis.
“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!” he tweeted on March 17.
Two days later, he tweeted, “A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!”
The new document, filed late Tuesday, is the most recent tidbit to emerge from Mueller’s closely guarded investigation, which so far has produced five guilty pleas and indictments of 14 others ― including 13 Russians who worked to help elect Trump as well as the former chairman of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort.
Gates was Trump’s deputy campaign chairman and later the campaign’s liaison to the Republican National Committee.
Manafort and Gates were also business partners in efforts to help pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, and their indictments accused them of money laundering in that work. Gates has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller, while Manafort has vowed to fight the charges.
Last summer, according to The New York Times, John Dowd, who was then the president’s main personal lawyer on the Mueller investigation, discussed the idea of giving pardons to Manafort and to retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser. Flynn has also pleaded guilty in the Russia probe, for making false statements to investigators. Pardons could make it harder for Mueller to gather evidence against Trump personally ― but could make it easier for Mueller to prove obstruction of justice.
Dowd denied the pardon story in a brief phone interview with HuffPost on Wednesday. “I didn’t have discussions,” he said, before hanging up…
[MY NOTE: I’ve noticed that with the exception of 5 who have turned state’s evidence and ARE cooperating with Mueller et al the rest of the Guilty are quite resistant…and truth adverse as well. Hmmmm, can you say, “Obstruction of justice” boys and girls??]
NOW, FOR A WELL DESERVED “2-FER” FROM TWITTER PATRIOT, SETH ABRAMSON. FIRST A TWEET, THEN A TWITTER-STORM:
A theory of the case from the time of Gates’ plea has now been confirmed: that the Trump White House wasn’t honest when it said Gates was an obscure functionary with only intel about Manafort to give to Mueller. Much of the media ran with that gloss of the situation at the time.
(CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team last year made clear it wanted former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates’ help, not so much against his former business partner Paul Manafort, but with its central mission: investigating the Trump campaign’s contact with the Russians. New information disclosed in court filings and to CNN this week begin to show how they’re getting it.
In a court filing earlier this week, the public saw the first signs of how the Mueller team plans to use information from Gates to tie Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, directly to a Russian intelligence agency. Mueller’s team alleges that Gates was in contact with a close colleague of Manafort’s who worked for a Russian intelligence agency — and that Gates knew of the spy service ties in September and October 2016, while he worked on the Trump campaign. Gates would have to talk about the communication with the man if prosecutors wanted, according to his plea deal.
That’s in line with what prosecutors told Gates months ago during high-stakes negotiations, CNN has learned. They told him they didn’t need his cooperation against Manafort, according to a person familiar with the investigation, and instead wanted to hear what he knew about contact between the Trump campaign and Russians.
The extent of Gates’ knowledge about any such contact or what he told prosecutors hasn’t been made public…
I began writing about J.D. Gordon’s presence and role at (a) RNC meetings, and (b) Trump’s April ’16 “Mayflower Speech,” in March 2017; now Mueller is asking the same questions. I said Gordon would be a Mueller witness; a year later, he is or soon will be.
MARCH 29, 2018 / 2:06 PM / 2 DAYS AGO
Mueller probing Russia contacts at Republican convention: sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Investigators probing whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia have been questioning witnesses about events at the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to two sources familiar with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiries…
…UKRAINE LANGUAGEThe special counsel’s investigators have also interviewed attendees of the committee meetings that drafted the Republican Party platform in Cleveland.
At one committee meeting, according to people in attendance, Diana Denman, a member of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, proposed language calling for the United States to supply “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning.”
But the final platform language deleted the reference to “lethal defensive weapons,” a change that made the platform less hostile to Russia, whose troops had invaded the Crimean peninsula and eastern Ukraine.
After the convention, Denman told Reuters in 2016, J.D. Gordon, a Trump foreign policy adviser, told her he was going to speak to Trump about the language on Ukraine, and that Trump’s campaign team played a direct role in softening the platform language.
The Trump campaign has denied playing any role in the weakening of the party’s position regarding Ukraine. Gordon has called Denman’s version of events “inaccurate.”
Stephen Yates, co-chair of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, said he has “heard nothing about other members of the subcommittee being called in for questioning, and I have had no interaction with anyone working on the investigation.”
Sessions recused himself last year from the federal probe into Russian election meddling after it emerged that he had failed to say during his Senate confirmation hearing to be attorney general that he had met with Russia’s ambassador in 2016.
(This version of the story corrects paragraph 8 to show Sessions did not rule out a “brief interaction” with Kislyak instead of he admitted to speaking briefly to Kislyak)
2/ One of my *last* threads about Gordon came in November 2017, and dealt with a Sky News interview Gordon gave that Mueller will want to track down and follow up on. Here’s my analysis of it:
(THREAD) This thread details what we learned from Sky News’ exclusive interview with Trump NatSec aide J.D. Gordon.
The impetus behind the Trump campaign’s efforts to change the official Republican Party policy platform’s stance on the Russian intervention in the Ukraine has finally been revealed, and the new information supports a key allegation from Christopher Steele’s infamous Trump-Russia “Golden Showers” Dossier.
CNN’s Jim Acosta just reported that former Trump foreign policy advisor J.D. Gordon told him that it was Donald Trump himself who ordered the abrupt change in language to the Republican Party’s official policy platform. Trump’s changes were a major about-face for the GOP regarding the Russian Federation’s invasion of the Ukraine,the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and support for the pro-Moscow “rebels” in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Instead of “providing lethal defense weapons” to the Ukranian army fighting the Kremlin’s militias and Russian special forces, Trump softened the language to just “appropriate assistance.”
President Trump continues to stubbornly insist that he “wasn’t involved in it.”
Trump’s involvement in the policy change appears to confirm assertions made in the Trump-Russia dossier that a quid-pro-quo went down between the Russian government and the Donald Trump campaign, where the Russians gave Trump the emails hacked from the DNC in exchange for the shift in the campaign’s official Ukraine policy.
[MY NOTE: LET ME OFFICIALLY SAY, “DUH!!”]
Most importantly, Acosta said Trump had been pushing for this change in policy as far back as March – two months before the convention, indicating that the Trump campaign’s involvement with the Russians stretches back much further than we previously thought.
Ever since the Republican National Convention, the source of the heretofore mysterious foreign policy change, journalists have been asking who the source of the decision.
The revelation that President Trump himself ordered the change in RNC policy – which, as the dossier remarked – is hugely significant. Donald Trump is well-known for taking very little interest in policy, so for him to propose such a specific change on an issue means there was a reason for doing so.
If Donald Trump and his team sold out the Ukraine in exchange for the DNC emails, then what other deals were made during the secret meetings between Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Or the phone calls between Gen. Michael Flynn and Kislyak? Or at the secret meeting in Trump Tower between Kislyak, Flynn, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner?
And if this revelation confirms yet another allegation in the Trump-Russia dossier, what else is true? Is Trump being blackmailed by the Russian government for his prostitute parties?
We need a bipartisan investigation and a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this – and we needed it yesterday.
Circumstantial evidence strongly indicates that President Donald J. Trump and his campaign associates brokered a massive oil privatization deal, where his Organization facilitated a global financial transaction to sell Russian Oil stock to its Syrian War adversary, the Emirate of Qatar.
The Trump Russia Dossier describes a massive privatization deal to deliver a chunk of the state-owned Rosneft Oil company to Qatar and also a secret buyer in the Cayman Islands.
Qatar has been a tenant at Trump Tower since 2008, though recent reports indicate they may have recently vacated their state-run airlines’ corporate campus.
Donald Trump and Russia conducted the transaction in three phases; Phase 1 began in early 2016 with a meeting of the minds at The Mayflower Hotel to start the deal and a due diligence period, Phase 2 began just before the Republican National Convention and continued through Election Day, and Phase 3 happened after Trump’s shocking win and concluding just days before Buzzfeed published the bombshell dossier describing the deal.
The end result allowed Russia to trade stolen emails to help to Donald Trump’s election campaign (as well as that of many Republican Congressmen), in exchange for help circumventing American sanctions to transact the sale of Rosneft, which Putin desperately needed to finance his budget deficit.
The Rosneft transaction also purportedly sent a $500 million dollar brokerage fee to Carter Page, or perhaps the Trump Organization.
In total the oil deal is/was $500,000,000,000- BILLION!!!
Again, PAY ATTENTION to “The Players” here, and WHEN/HOW they respond:
Jeff Sessions just crumbled under pressure and launched investigation to squash Mueller probe (Details)
Not Russia. Not Cambridge Analytica. Not White supremacist terrorism after the string of bombings in Austin, Texas. No, your U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the FBI for potential abuses it may have committed when it sought a search warrant for one-time Trump campaign official, and long-time suspected Russian collaborator, Carter Page…
QUESTIONS FOR SERIOUS, HONEST FOLK TO ASK THEMSELVES AND OTHERS:
IF this is a “witch hunt”, then why are 14 Americans and 13 Russians, and other non-Americans ALREADY indicted? AND 5 GUILTY PLEAS ALREADY??!!!
IF this is a “Nothing-Burger”- like the spineless, phony Ted “The Butt Kisser” Cruz said- then why is his Godfather, Don “The Con”/Cheeto-Jesus” Trump (and Company), fighting so hard to discredit the investigation?
IF there is/was NO meeting/NO connection between Trump & Co. and Putin-Russia, then why is there a massive, mountainous paper trail, tv, and public events reported on dating back to the the late 1980’S?
IF Trump Inc. are so innocent, then WHY try to stop the investigation? IF you’re innocent you would WANT a FULL investigation so as to PROVE your innocence.
Lastly, IF you really had NOTHING to hide…WHY ARE YOU HIDING IT??
Clearly NOT smarter than a 5th grader… Crap! NOT even as smart as a clump of DIRT!!
Crikey! Trump could perform a day’s worth of abortions (4,000-5,000) in The Rose Garden the day of birth, kill his entire family AND White House staff, all while saying “Hail Satan!” and his MORONIC, SPINELESS, BRAINLESS, AND MORAL-LESS CULT FOLLOWERS WOULD GO INTO FULL DEFEND-N-DEFLECT MODE!!!
THIS LIBERAL MORON (I KNOW I’M BEING REDUNDANT) IS IN CHARGE OF OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL AND HAS OUR NUCLEAR CODES/FOOT-BALL!!!
THIS BUMBLING PANT-LOAD OF STUPIDITY MUST HAVE BOUGHT HIS WAY THROUGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE…BECAUSE ANY BOWLING BALL IS SHARPER THAN DONNIE “THE REALLY STABLE GENIUS” TRUMP!!
A PERV SO DEPRAVED THAT HE MAKES CLINTON AND JFK LOOK LIKE VIRGINS!!!!!
Donald Trump votes/voted for, supports, funds THIS–
VOTED FOR JIMMY CARTER- TWICE
VOTED FOR WALTER MONDALE
VOTED FOR BILL CLINTON- TWICE
VOTED FOR AL GORE
VOTED FOR JOHN KERRY
VOTED FOR CHUCK SCHUMER
VOTED FOR BILL DE BLASIO
VOTED FOR HITLARY CLINTON
VOTED/FUNDED FOR PELOSI
VOTED FOR ANTHONY WEINER
VOTED FOR CHARLIE RANGEL
VOTED/FUNDED FOR MAXINE WATTERS
VOTED/FUNDED FOR BARBARA BOXER
VOTED/FUNDED FOR DIANE FEINSTEIN
VOTED/FUNDED FOR HARRY REID
VOTED FOR/FUNDED OBAMARXIST- TWICE
IS FOR A $15.00 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE
IS FOR TRANSGENDERS USING “WHATEVER” BATHROOM/SHOWER THEY WANT
FOR A BAN ON “ASSAULT WEAPONS”
FOR RAISING TAXES ON “THE RICH” (JUST LIKE SANDERS, CLINTON AND OBAMA)
FOR GAY/SAME-SEX “MARRIAGE” (SAID THE COURT HAD RULED AND IT WAS “THE LAW OF THE LAND”…UM, COURTS DO NOT MAKE NOR PASS LAW, CONGRESS DOES)
FOR MASSIVE TARIFFS THAT WILL FURTHER DAMAGE AMERICA’S ECONOMY AND JOBS
IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, GOLDMAN-SACHS, AND OTHER BANKERS THAT HE PRETENDS TO HATE
HAS SOROS, GOLDMAN-SACHS AND EVEN CLINTON PEOPLE ON HIS STAFF
FUNDS/SUPPORTS PLANNED PARENTHOOD
FUNDS/SUPPORTS CODE PINK
AND IS ENDORSED BY THE KKK AND STORMNFRONT!!!
ALL OF THE ABOVE IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE…
I ISSUE THE CHALLENGE TO EVERY TRUMP-BOT TO SHOW ME HOW:
1) any of that IS Conservative,
2) how YOU can be truly Conservative and support THAT.
THAT is it.
Can anyone rise to the challenge?
BURYING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND ONLYHIDES THE FACTS FROM YOU– IT DOES NOT MAKE THEM “DISAPPEAR” OR BECOME “FAKE NEWS” JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE IT.
HOW did America get a “President” as corrupt as Nixon, as stupid as Ford, as inept as Carter, as morally depraved as JFK and Clinton COMBINED, as Racist as Wilson and LBJ, as BIG a Marxist as FDR and Obama, and as greedy and power hungry and as big a liar, and Liberal as ALL OF THEM COMBINED?!!
Oh…this is how…
Let me close with a 2-Fer within a 2-Fer:
NAILING JELLO TO A TREE.
Make sure to take good notes and use DAILY on all TrumpTrolls, TrumpBots, TrumpTurds, TrumpTards, and other assorted, worthless LIBERALS.