Monday, August 19, 2019
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From the Guy who coined “Moscow Mitch” — we get this Blunt call-out of...

I’m kind of liking the directness of this recent new ally of the Democratic Party. MNSBC host Joe Scarborough said Monday that President Trump’s reelection campaign donors are funding white supremacy. “The president never tones down his rhetoric. In fact, for those...
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Impeachment has begun while Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok sue the DOJ and FBI

This week Judiciary committee Chairman Jerold Nadler openly and verbally admits that his is in the midst of official impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Nadler: "This is formal impeachment proceedings" pic.twitter.com/95wivZSO8N — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) August...
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Lawrence O’Donnell Glows Over Trump Giving Mueller More Evidence Of Obstruction Of Justice

Donald Trump heard the news about the New York Times article on Don McGahn refusing to fire Mueller Friday morning in Davos, and he dismissed it cavalierly, “Fake news, nothing but fake news folks.” Lawrence O’Donnell did a synopsis of the news, and...

Bill Barr Changes His Story 180 Degrees, Throws Mueller Under The Bus In CBS...

It must have been a wild scene at the White House Thursday. Trump started the day off catastrophically with his “I had nothing to do with Russia getting me elected” tweet, which he then tried to desperately backpedal in the Rose Garden. In his best tough guy voice, he gestured to himself with a stubby […]
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#ClintonBodyCount is trending courtesy of your friendly neighborhood trollbots

Don’t think the ratf*#kers are still hard at work trying to elevate Donald Trump and smear Democrats? Well, take a gander at this: https://twitter.com/cbouzy/status/1160238251011117059 Yup, that’s #ClintonBodyCount trending today in the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide...
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Michael Flynn admitted meeting with Putin, may seriously need that new lawyer

The House Oversight Committee is continuing to look through documents connected to the Trump campaign and foreign entanglements. And the same stack of documents that turned up the fact that Trump had the UAE...

Barr Annouces He “Declines” to Prosecute Comey on “Leaked Information”

How did this one slip through my sight? Time Magazine reported yesterday that A.G. Barr “declines” (for now) to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey on “Leaked information” concerning memos Comey wrote prior to his termination. The Justice Department has declined to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey over his handling of a series of memos he wrote that documented personal interactions with President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. The memos, some of which Justice Department officials later determined contained classified information, were written in the weeks and months before Comey’s firing by Trump in May 2017. A week after he was fired, Comey authorized a friend to describe the contents of one of the memos to the news media. He has said his hope in having one of the memos become public was to spur the appointment of a special counsel to run the Justice Department’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Where the hell to even begin? How about here. If an FBI Director had initiated an investigation into the president, and that president had obstructed justice (or at least made a great attempt at it), had that FBI Director NOT made a memorandum right after the event, the FBI Director is either incompetent to hold the position, or “in” on the cover-up. It is one or the other. At this level, no one “plays.” Everything should be written, and he knew that. Barr knows it, too, by the way. That may well be one reason that Barr “declined” to prosecute. Second, through Barr’s confirmation hearings  – when he knew nothing at all about the situation – Barr fully admitted he planned to investigate the investigators. He said it to please … well, Trump for one, Trump supporters for two, and probably half the Senators at that hearing. Yet Trump supporters are taking the investigation as “evidence” that Comey was dirty and there is more to come. Barr SAID he would “investigate” the matter, now he “declines” to prosecute. Barr’s play worked perfectly, the base is chomping at the bit, without thinking for shit. Third, Barr’s decision to “not prosecute” was surely made out of self-preservation as much as anything. Barr surely noted the calendar demonstrating he was 18 months from possible replacement and he likely knows that federal crimes have a five year statute of limitations (generally). How vulnerable would Barr feel as possible soon to be ex-A.G had  he orchestrated prosecution of a respected FBI leader, facing investigation of HIM in the future? If he’s even half as smart as he thinks he is, that alone would lead to him “declining” to prosecute Comey. Right now, I might have some respect had Barr committed to prosecuting Comey precisely because I’d know that Barr would face tight scrutiny over it should he (please baby Jesus, please) be replaced in January of 2021. Fourth, Comey likely DID make a mistake in having his friend release the memos to the media. That was rather dumb. There are a few legal loopholes in that equation, however. Comey might state that he wrote those memos precisely because he feared retribution as a private citizen, and wrote an “official” memo to keep in the file. Change one word between the two memos and he can […]
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Trump Offers Putin Help With Siberian Wildfires, California No Longer Stunned

Does he know that we’re watching? He can’t. No, a president who chastised California for having not raked its forest like Smokey-Trump might have, would never phone up the world’s biggest criminal to offer assistance in fire control would he? Would he? Well, you know the answer. From Vanity Fair. While the brunt of the political world’s attention was focused on the Democratic debates Wednesday night, the White House released a bit of news: in a readout to reporters, the administration detailed a call between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in which the two world leaders “discussed trade between the two countries,” and Trump “expressed concern over the vast wildfires afflicting Siberia.” The readout came hours after Moscow detailed the call, in which Trump apparently “offered help in putting out wildfires in Siberia,” and which the Kremlin said it considered “a sign that it is possible that full-scale bilateral relations will be restored in the future.” Sneaky guy!: “I will just call my good friend, Vlad, during the Democratic debate, they will never know. Genius!” But, while we were not watching, apparently some were, and they include Russians. Russian media states that Putin was quite pleased with the phone call. Sure, I can see that, I would be pleased, too, if something about my existence made the United States President want to do anything to assist me. But, with respect to the actual fire? How would one go about even assisting in  … never mind: How exactly Trump would go about putting out wildfires in Siberia is unclear; neither the White House nor the Kremlin offered much detail So, he literally picked up the phone without any sort of plan, and offered the assistance of the American people? Can he even do that? Meanwhile, lest you forget, The offer stands in contrast to his attitude toward similar disasters in his own country. He’s repeatedly complained about having to provide assistance to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico—“Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right,” he tweeted in April, “The place is a mess”—and last August he blamed a string of deadly California wildfires on “bad environmental laws” and “gross mismanagement of the forests.” He subsequently threatened to stop sending federal money to the state unless it fixed its forest-management methods, pronto. In case you’re attempting to keep some sort of ledger of all this, it is now not just our allies like Justin Trudeau who get treated far worse than North Korean leader Kim, but whole American states now get treated worse than Siberia. You probably never thought you would see this in your lifetime, an instance where a president feels a greater obligation toward Vladimir Putin’s endless expanse of Siberian boreal forests, than California and its fifty-five electoral votes. Of course, you never had to question whether a U.S. president owed a greater obligation to a Russian president than certain blue state Americans. As is all too typical, we’re left wondering what the hell Putin has over Trump. Except now, we know enough to be thinking about loans, lies, cash and some extremely young “women.” Nothing else explains this. When will some prominent U.S. politicians start making the accusation, in public?
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Pro-Kremlin bloggers had prepared a Twitter campaign, #DemocracyRIP, on election night …

And Russian diplomats "were prepared to publicly call into question the validity of the results" had Secretary Clinton won in November 2016 (see page 33).  {aka. They had more “active measures” in the works, assuming Trump lost.} Here are...

Epstein can’t be isolated from the story of Trump needing Russian money

We’ve only had a peek at the historically constant appetites of Individual-1 that only became important when he became a “public servant”. That peek got expanded this week. His political base ignores it or even...

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