The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. The Internet Member

    Whoever the ISIS mole is leaking info to Israel, I hope he and his family got on a plane with new identities already. Because fucked.

    Guys, if we can't impeach Trump for firing the guy investigating his links to Russia, we can't impeach him for anything. So please get on this before the drama train moves too much further down the tracks.
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member


    ‘Pay Trump Bribes Here’ Projected on Trump Hotel in Washington | The New York Times


    Large blue letters projected over the entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Monday night read “Pay Trump Bribes Here,” an allusion to questions about President Trump’s business affairs with foreign governments.

    Two other images were projected in rotation: “Emoluments welcome” at the top as images of the flags of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey appeared, and the Emoluments Clause in its entirety.

    The clause is an obscure provision of the Constitution that critics of Mr. Trump say he should be held to if he benefits from transactions with companies controlled by foreign governments.

    “Emolument” means compensation for labor or services. The clause says that “no person holding any office of profit or trust” shall “accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state” unless Congress consents.

    An artist, Robin Bell of Bell Visuals, said he was responsible for the projections. He described himself as a video journalist and multimedia artist who works on political and public interest projects.

    In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Bell said the images were projected on the building for about 10 minutes, via a van that he parked across the street. He said he wanted to make emoluments a part of the national conversation, but it’s not the easiest topic to understand.

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    Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation | The New York Times


    President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

    “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

    The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

    Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

    Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

    “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

    Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

    Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”

    In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.

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  5. Surely he can't still leave for his trip??
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump is using the obstruction of justice accusations to fundraise.

    By Elliot Hannon, Slate


    At 5:22 p.m., the New York Times published its history-bending story on James Comey’s memo chronicling his January meeting with Trump and the lengths the president went to in order to put an end to the FBI investigation into Mike Flynn. It was a bombshell of a story that cast serious doubt on the integrity of the president, the soundness of his legal standing, and the firmness of his grip on power. On TV emboldened Democrats began ratcheting up demands for further investigation and floating terms like obstruction of justice and impeachment. It was as serious a moment as you can have in a presidency and it required a serious response, if not some soul-searching, to save not just what remains of the Trump agenda (whatever that is), but the remainder of his term in office. Given the stakes, it had to be played just right by the administration.

    How did the Team Trump respond? They denied the story (obviously) and then less than an hour after the Times story that all but accused the president of obstructing justice, laying the most significant groundwork to date for impeachment, Team Trump used the accusations impugning president’s ethical core to, you guessed it, raise money.


    No refunds.

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    Here's an excerpt from a December 7, 2016 post in the Edward Snowden thread:

    Trump will have wider spying powers than anything J. Edgar Hoover ever imagined

    By Elizabeth Goitein, Los Angeles Times

    The instinct to remove any restrictions on surveillance when facing a national security threat is understandable, but misguided. Dragnet surveillance does not make us safer. The massive amount of useless data collected today only obscures the real threats buried within. Even the 9/11 Commission, which issued dozens of recommendations to improve national security, did not propose surveillance without suspicion.

    When privacy advocates and civil libertarians pushed Congress to restore protections, Obama administration officials said it was unnecessary because no abuse had been shown. Despite evidence that law enforcement was monitoring the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements, lawmakers and much of the public accepted the government’s claim and continued to trust it with broad surveillance powers. Warnings that future administrations might be less trustworthy went unheeded.

    Those warnings now seem prescient. Trump has specifically called for more surveillance of American Muslim communities. His pick for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has described Islam as a “cancer,” while his nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, has called the NAACP “un-American.” As a possible secretary of Homeland Security, Trump has floated Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who compared Black Lives Matter to the Islamic State group and described peaceful protests against Trump as “temper tantrums” that should be “quelled.” Trump’s tendency to hold grudges is legendary: Referring to Republicans who did not support his candidacy, a Trump surrogate stated, “Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list.”

    In short, there is every reason to fear that Trump and his administration will target people for surveillance based on religion, political activism and personal vendettas.


    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke accepts job in Department of Homeland Security


    Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. will leave office next month to accept a federal appointment as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    He will work in the department's Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement and governments.

    "I'm looking forward to joining that team," Clarke said Wednesday on Vicki McKenna's radio talk show on WISN-AM (1130).

    Clarke campaigned around the country for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump last year and has defended the first-term Republican president against critics in the early months of his administration.

    The fourth-term sheriff will start the job in June.

    But as is common with the sheriff, there was drama with the appointment. It appears that Clarke may have gotten ahead of the Trump administration in his interview.

    In a tweet, the Department of Homeland Security said no announcement had been made on any appointment involving Clarke.

    Sr. positions are announced when made official by the Sec. No such announcement w/ regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made.
    — Homeland Security (@DHSgov) May 17, 2017

    Also, the federal staffer being replaced by Clarke — Philip A. McNamara, assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs — took to Twitter to complain about his successor.

    I'm being replaced @DHSgov by #SheriffClarke. My job was to work with state and local officials. Clarke says he wants to strangle #Democrats
    — Phil McNamara (@philindc) May 17, 2017

    Clarke previously had not indicated whether we planned to seek re-election.

    He has come under widespread criticism locally for his inflammatory rhetoric and for spending so much time on the road as a Trump surrogate and while giving talks to conservative groups.

    Clarke also has been criticized for his lack of public comments on his response to four deaths in the County Jail in 2016 or any administrative changes he might have made there.

    His new federal job will not require Senate confirmation.

    Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who often crossed swords with the sheriff, said America deserves better than Clarke in this new post.

    "For the country I love, the last thing America needs is another loud voice angrily and unproductively telling you who to blame and who not to trust," Abele said in a statement.

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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!

    Trump is totally delusional about what’s happening to him right now

    By Greg Sargent, The Washington Post


    The appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian meddling in the election puts the Trump presidency in substantially greater peril than it was in only 24 hours ago. But, remarkably enough, this did not even have to happen at all — it only happened because the unhinged behavior of President Trump himself made it happen.

    Yet it’s not clear that Trump’s less-than-vise-like grip on reality permits him to even grasp this.

    Trump unleashed two tweets Thursday morning responding to the news of the appointment, which was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein after days of deafening criticism. Trump claimed: “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic, or perhaps more appropriately, sick] appointed!” He then added: “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

    Separately, The Post reports that Trump is raging at his staff for failing to mitigate his “stumbles.” Why? Because “Trump largely thinks that his recent mishaps are not substantive but simply errors of branding and public relations, according to people close to him and the White House.”

    But, despite Trump’s suggestion that he is being victimized by a witch hunt, and that a more adept PR strategy could minimize the damage, this is a situation entirely of Trump’s own making. And each of Trump’s actions leading up to this moment are rooted deep in Trump’s autocratic and authoritarian impulses; his total contempt for basic institutional processes; and his tendency, when his sense of grievance strikes, to slip into a delusional belief that he can overwhelm the institutional independence of his persecutors the way he might steamroll someone in a business deal.

    Let’s trace the basic arc of this whole story. The special counsel might not be happening if Trump had not abruptly fired former FBI director James B. Comey. The reporting indicates that Trump was driven to do this out of grievance-laden rage at Comey for failing to make the Russia probe disappear (Comey isn’t supposed to do that at Trump’s behest, and firing him isn’t going to do it either). So this was rooted in crazy, and didn’t have to happen.

    More to the point, the manner in which Trump fired Comey led directly to the special counsel. Trump had made the decision and then instructed Rosenstein to produce the bogus rationale for it (Comey’s botched handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe). Trump then blithely conceded on national television that the real reason was Comey’s handling of the Russia probe. He was either unaware that this might be a problem, or didn’t care, because, well, you can take the rule of law and shove it. All this unleashed a tirade of criticism arguing that Rosenstein, having helped provide a cover story for Trump (which Trump himself then blew up), is too compromised to oversee the continuing FBI probe. This surely helped bring about the special counsel’s appointment — and Trump authored it.

    After that, Comey associates retaliated by leaking word that Trump had demanded Comey pledge his loyalty at a private dinner in January. And after that, Comey associates leaked word of a memo in which Comey asserted that Trump had tried to persuade him to quash the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s Russia ties. To be fair, we don’t know if either of these things happened. But if they did, which is perfectly plausible, these things, too, appear rooted in Trump’s autocratic contempt for basic institutional processes. And we will soon hear from Comey himself on these matters when he testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    Trump has created a problem for himself in yet another way, too: He denied asking Comey for a loyalty pledge by vaguely threatening to release alleged tapes of their conversation. Now, if Comey publicly attests to that pledge, the White House will be forced to produce these tapes or admit they don’t exist, and it’s very likely that neither of those outcomes would turn out well for Trump.

    The point is not just that Trump’s actions are entirely to blame for the appointment of the special counsel. It’s also that there are no indications that Trump even understands this. And on top of that, these actions themselves — which simply did not have to happen — will now likely be probed by the special counsel, too.

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    Trump Throws Tantrum, Cancels Trip To Masada For An Insane Reason

    By Red Painter, Crooks and Liars


    Donald Trump is about to embark on an epic 8 day, bazillion country trip (ok, i don't know how many countries, but it is a few). He really doesn't want to go, though. So what is he doing? Whining. Like a toddler being forced to eat a vegetable he doesn't like or having to go to bed at an early time. He is throwing tantrums.

    This one involves his fancy helicopter. He is demanding to be allowed to land it on top of Masada, the historic site in southern Israel overlooking the Dead Sea where ancient fortresses, one of the oldest synagogues and historic palaces have been unearthed. This site is massive, beautiful and one of the most breathtaking sites in all of Israel, both for what you can see on Masada and the views from the mountain itself.

    Your author actually visited Masada as a child and walked on the winding pathway up the mountain. It is about a half-hour walk, beautiful, but requiring decent health.

    Trump could never make it.

    Luckily, there are cable cars to take you straight up, which is helpful if you are 70, eat fast food, reject exercise and have orange-toned skin that reflects awful health.

    Trump didn't want to ride in the cable car. He hates being with common folks. Nope, he wants to land his giant helicopter ON TOP of the historic site. You know, because most insanely old sites come with enough space for a helipad. Duh.

    Israel wasn't having it. Because it was an insane request. I don't care how much Bibi likes Trump. This wasn't going to happen. So what did Donnie do? He cancelled his speech. Because he is a whiny baby.

    Instead, he will be giving his speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

    As an Israeli, I just want to thank him. The thought of his orange, slimy, perverse stench contaminating a historic site such as Masada would be a travesty. He is a horrific person with no concept of respect for other cultures, no appreciation for history or the understanding of what being Israeli means.

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    Trump meets with lawyers at the White House

    By Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey, POLITICO


    President Donald Trump convened his legal team on Thursday to discuss the escalating investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

    The huddle, according to four people briefed, took place the day after it was announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would serve as the investigation’s special counsel.

    One White House official said the discussion, which came the day before Trump leaves for his first trip abroad since taking office, centered around the nuts and bolts of how the investigation would work – and how the administration will need to handle the inquiry.

    Among those in attendance was longtime Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen, who came down from New York to attend. Cohen declined to comment when reached Thursday afternoon.

    White House Counsel Don McGahn and his team, one official said, is urging the White House – and Trump – to be cautious in its comments with a special prosecutor involved. McGahn has begun explaining to aides in detail about records retention and potential requests, two people familiar with the conversations say.

    One objective: to keep Trump from hurting himself any further. Two senior administration officials said they believed Trump’s letter firing Comey was a mistake in specifically saying Comey had told him on three occasions that he wasn't under investigation. These people said that likely further provoked Comey.

    White House spokespeople declined to comment.

    The controversy surrounding Russian intervention has completely overtaken the Trump White House. The president has repeatedly denied any collusion. Appearing at a news conference on Thursday, Trump said he respected the decision to appoint a special counsel but then called the investigation a “witch hunt.”

    “There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero,” he said. “I think it divides the country. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”

    Mueller’s appointment has put the administration in bunker mode – and there is a growing realization, officials say, that life in the administration will grow more difficult in the months to come.

    Some aides have begun reaching out to lawyers to see if they need counsel, according to one attorney who has spoken to several of them. This lawyer declined to identify the aides because he said at least two may end up being retained by his firm.

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    Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance | The New York Times


    President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call.

    Mr. Comey told the president that if he wanted to know details about the bureau’s investigations, he should not contact him directly but instead follow the proper procedures and have the White House counsel send any inquiries to the Justice Department, according to those people.

    After explaining to Mr. Trump how communications with the F.B.I. should work, Mr. Comey believed he had effectively drawn the line after a series of encounters he had with the president and other White House officials that he felt jeopardized the F.B.I.’s independence. At the time, Mr. Comey was overseeing the investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

    Those interactions included a dinner in which associates of Mr. Comey say Mr. Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty and a meeting in the Oval Office at which Mr. Trump told him he hoped Mr. Comey would shut down an investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump has denied making the request.

    The day after the Flynn conversation, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Comey to help push back on reports in the news media that Mr. Trump’s associates had been in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign.

    Mr. Comey described all of his contacts with the president and the White House — including the phone call from Mr. Trump — in detailed memos he wrote at the time and gave to his aides. Congressional investigators have requested copies of the memos, which, according to two people who have read them, provide snapshots of a fraught relationship between a president trying to win over and influence an F.B.I. director, and someone who had built his reputation on asserting his independence, sometimes in a dramatic way.


    It is not clear whether in all their interactions Mr. Comey answered Mr. Trump’s question or if he ever told him whether he was under investigation. In the letter Mr. Trump sent to Mr. Comey last week in which he informed him that he had been fired, Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”


    Mr. Comey has spoken privately of his concerns that the contacts from Mr. Trump and his aides were inappropriate, and how he felt compelled to resist them.

    “He had to throw some brushback pitches to the administration,” Benjamin Wittes, a friend of Mr. Comey’s, said in interviews.

    Mr. Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the editor in chief of the Lawfare blog and a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, recalls a lunch he had with Mr. Comey in March at which Mr. Comey told him he had spent the first two months of Mr. Trump’s administration trying to preserve distance between the F.B.I. and the White House and educating it on the proper way to interact with the bureau.

    Mr. Wittes said he never intended to publicly discuss his conversations with Mr. Comey. But after The New York Times reported earlier this month that shortly after his inauguration Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey for a loyalty pledge, Mr. Wittes said he saw Mr. Trump’s behavior in a “more menacing light” and decided to speak out.

    Mr. Wittes said that Mr. Comey told him that despite Mr. Trump’s attempts to build a personal relationship, he did not want to be friendly with the president and thought any conversation with him or personal contact was inappropriate.

    Their conversation took place after Mr. Comey’s phone call with the president, Mr. Wittes said, and Mr. Comey told him that his relationship with the president and the White House staff was now in the right place.

    “‘I think we’ve kind of got them trained,’” Mr. Wittes said, paraphrasing what Mr. Comey told him.

    But he said Mr. Comey had also described other encounters with the president that had troubled him.

    One of those occurred at the White House on Jan. 22, just two days after Mr. Trump was sworn in. That day, Mr. Trump hosted a ceremony to honor law enforcement officials who had provided security for the inauguration.

    Mr. Wittes said that Mr. Comey told him that he initially did not want to go to the meeting because the F.B.I. director should not have too close a relationship with the White House. But Mr. Comey went because he wanted to represent the bureau.

    The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials — including the Secret Service director — had gathered. Mr. Comey — who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a dark blue suit that day – told Mr. Wittes that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him and call him out.

    “He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” Mr. Wittes said Mr. Comey told him.

    But Mr. Trump spotted Mr. Comey and called him out.

    “Oh and there’s Jim,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s become more famous than me.”

    With an abashed look on his face, Mr. Comey walked up to Mr. Trump.

    “Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn’t going to be a hug,” Mr. Wittes said. “It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president’s hand. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn’t reciprocate. If you look at the video, it’s one person shaking hands and another hugging.”

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    Mr. Comey told Mr. Wittes of another encounter, on March 1, that also troubled him.

    Mr. Wittes said that Mr. Comey said that he received a call from the White House and was told that “the president needs to talk to you urgently.”

    He’s about to get on the helicopter, so he doesn’t get on the helicopter,” Mr. Wittes said. “And then when the president gets on he just wants to chitchat.”

    Mr. Wittes said that Mr. Comey told him that he perceived the call as Mr. Trump still “trying to get him on the team and he saw it in light of his refusal to give him his loyalty.”

    “Trump was still trying to get him on board,” Mr. Wittes said.

    Mr. Wittes said that in another conversation he told Mr. Comey he was encouraged by the fact that the Senate was likely to confirm Rod J. Rosenstein, a longtime federal prosecutor, as the deputy attorney general.

    To Mr. Wittes’s surprise, Mr. Comey did not completely agree with him.

    “He said, ‘I don’t know. I have some concerns. He’s good, he’s solid but he’s also a survivor and you don’t survive that long without making some compromises and I’m concerned about that.’”

    Weeks after his confirmation, Mr. Rosenstein wrote a memo that Mr. Trump initially cited as the justification for firing Mr. Comey. Mr. Rosenstein told members of the Senate on Thursday that Mr. Trump had already decided to fire him when he wrote it.

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    Look everybody I just bombed some bad hombres in Iraq!

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    Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources

    By Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, Reuters


    Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.

    The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

    Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.

    Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.

    In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.

    The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far. But the disclosure could increase the pressure on Trump and his aides to provide the FBI and Congress with a full account of interactions with Russian officials and others with links to the Kremlin during and immediately after the 2016 election.

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    Donald Trump Warned Us About Himself: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Seth takes a closer look at Donald Trump kicking off his first foreign trip as president under a cloud of suspicion.

    So Much News, So Little Time - Protester Attacks & Trump-Russia Bombshells | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    Turkish guards beat up protesters in Washington D.C., Robert Mueller is named special prosecutor in the Russia probe, and President Trump plays the victim on Twitter.
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    The degree of self-sabotage in the Trump White House is staggering | The Guardian

    By stacking his inner circle with blindly loyal neophytes and assuming he knows far more than he does, Trump guarantees daily chaos

    Donald Trump longs to lock up journalists — and sooner or later he’s going to try it | Salon

    I have never seen a more whiny, petulant 70-year-old person in my life. In that one respect Donald Trump may indeed hold the title of “the greatest.”

    Here’s every Trump-Russia investigation happening now | Vox

    At least that we know of.


    In one of the many signs that things aren’t going well for President Donald Trump, it’s become genuinely difficult to keep up with all the different government investigations related to his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia and its attempts to sway the 2016 election.

    These investigations, however, can be broken down into three categories:
    • First, the intertwined Justice Department investigation, now led by a special counsel, into the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    • Second, the investigations led by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, which are broadly looking at Russian intervention in the 2016 election.
    • Third, the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have been looking into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s conduct specifically — and have recently expanded their inquiry to the circumstances surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
    These differences matter. They affect both the scope of the investigations and their potential consequences. The Justice Department investigation could lead to criminal charges, for example, while the House and Senate variants could lead to impeachment.

    It’s still too early to say whether any of that will happen or how far the investigations will go. But here’s what we know so far about each of them.

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    Anthony Weiner sobs to judge: ‘I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse’ | New York Post


    Disgraced ex-congressman and serial sexter Anthony Weiner sobbed Friday morning as he admitted to exchanging X-rated messages with a 15-year-old girl. “I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse,” Weiner told Manhattan federal court Judge Loretta Preska.

    Weiner, 52, said he hit “rock bottom” last fall before entering into outpatient therapy for sex addiction.

    Weiner pleaded guilty to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor as part of a plea agreement with the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. He must register as a sex offender. He also agreed to forfeit his iPhone as part of the deal.

    Weiner admitted that in 2016, he started up an online relationship with the North Carolina teen “who said she was a high school student” after she contacted him online. “I knew that was morally wrong,” Weiner said, breaking down into tears.

    The charge carries up to 10 years in prison but prosecutors are calling for Weiner to be sentenced to between 21 and 27 months. Ultimately, the judge will decide Weiner’s punishment.

    Weiner was joined in the courtroom by his restaurateur brother Jason. But his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, was nowhere in sight.

    Weiner must post a $150,000 bond before he can walk free and surrendered his passport.

    Feds launched an investigation into Weiner’s lurid behavior after the teen told the Daily Mail that she and Weiner carried on an online relationship between January and July 2016. Weiner’s relentless sexting scandals derailed his political career, starting from when he resigned from Congress in 2011 after pictures of his privates ended up on Twitter.

    His comeback bid for New York mayor in 2013 was also torpedoed after a woman named Sydney Leathers came forward about raunchy messages he sent her under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” He was also busted for sending a woman pictures of his crotch in 2015 — with his then-3-year-old son in bed next to him.

    Weiner’s sentencing is set for September 8.

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  20. The Internet Member

    I hear Trump plans to give a speech about Islam while he's in Saudi Arabia. Stephen Miller, an alt right loonie, is writing the speech.

    What could possibly go wrong?
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    In 119 days, President Trump has made 586 false and misleading claims | The Washington Post

    The Fact Checker’s ongoing database of the false and misleading claims made by President Trump during his first 365 days in office.

    Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say | The Washington Post

    The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

    The revelation comes as the investigation appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.
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    Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee | CNBC
    • Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day.
    • He'll likely be asked about the circumstances around his sudden firing as well as issues related to the panel's investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

    Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was accused of mishandling classified information and meddling with an FBI investigation.

    The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38 percent of adults approved of Trump while 56 percent disapproved. The remaining 6 percent had "mixed feelings."

    ‘People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock’ | POLITICO

    On the president’s ill-timed world tour.
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    Video shows Hillary Clinton practicing avoiding Trump’s hugs | The Washington Post


    On Friday, Philippe Reines, a Democratic strategist who worked with Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 election, posted a short video on Twitter. The video, filmed on Sept. 24, 2016, just two days before the first presidential debate, shows Clinton practicing for her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump, facing off against a staffer standing in for her opponent.

    A voice calls out from the background: “Ladies and gentlemen, the two major party candidates for president: Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Donald J. Trump!”

    Clinton and the aide portraying Trump walk to the middle of the mock-stage, and Clinton extends her hand. But instead of going for a handshake, the man portraying Trump opens his arms wide, inviting a hug. The room bursts out laughing as Clinton awkwardly struggles to avoid the embrace.

    Sound familiar? Just last night, the New York Times published a story with remarkable details about former FBI Director James B. Comey's interactions with President Trump. In the story, a Comey associate, Benjamin Wittes, describes Comey's first interaction with Trump, and his desire to maintain distance between the FBI and the White House.

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    Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’ | The Daily Beast

    In the wake of yet another Russia-related bombshell, Trump aides despaired because they know President Trump only has himself to blame.


    Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI Director James Comey in a meeting with Russian government officials — a meeting in which Trump reportedly promised the Kremlin more flexibility in their relationship with “crazy” Comey out of the picture.

    “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, according to an official written account of the meeting first reported by The New York Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump promised.

    The White House confirmed that Trump made the remarks in a Friday afternoon statement, but insisted that the president was simply attempting to elicit concessions from the Russians. The administration officials and West Wing aides who were left grounded stateside on Friday late afternoon couldn’t do much more than dodge questions and vent inflamed frustrations at their boss. (Senior staffers who escaped aboard Air Force One included Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, press secretary Sean Spicer, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.)

    “I’m glad I’m not on the plane so I could be here to answer your Russia questions,” a senior Trump administration official said, sarcastically, before abruptly hanging up.

    Trump’s remarks quickly elicited groans, and some harsh words, from senior officials who did speak with The Daily Beast.

    “If Donald Trump gets impeached, he will have one person to blame: Donald Trump,” one of those administration officials said.

    The official noted a pattern among leaks that have dominated headlines this week: In virtually every case — the president’s request that Comey pledge fealty to him, a subsequent ask that Comey ease an investigation into his former top national security aide, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and revelations that he hopes to rehire Flynn when the FBI wraps up its probe — leaked Trump statements have revealed flippance or hostility toward a federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in 2016’s presidential election.

    The resulting clamor of calls for an independent probe into that meddling — the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to lead such a probe this week — and allegations of criminal obstruction and calls for impeachment were entirely avoidable, the official suggested.

    “Trump himself hasn’t been implicated in any of these leaks except where he’s implicated himself, where he says something that makes his perhaps less-than-sterling intentions clear,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the controversy candidly. “He keeps saying there’s no collusion, and I think he’s right. So if he would just shut his trap, what would Dems have?

    “Okay, he fired Comey,” the official conceded. “With a semi-competent comms operation, that would blow over in 24 hours. And that’s the worst part: he has a competent comms staff. But they can’t do their jobs because he keeps running his mouth.”


    David C. Gomez, a former FBI assistant special agent in charge, said Trump’s comments demonstrated a profound inability to grasp the potential consequences of his words.

    “In terms of potential criminal activity, it’s amateur night at the White House,” Gomez told The Daily Beast. “These guys — and Trump especially — don’t know how to not implicate themselves.

    “On a big case like this, the ideal thing would be a wiretap on your number one subject,” Gomez added. “But in this case, you don’t need a wiretap. He just comes right out and says it.”

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    Russian officials bragged they could use Michael Flynn to influence Donald Trump, sources say | CNN


    Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.

    The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump's national security adviser, current and former governments officials said.

    "This was a five-alarm fire from early on," one former Obama administration official said, "the way the Russians were talking about him." Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem.

    The conversations picked up by US intelligence officials indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said. That relationship developed throughout 2016, months before Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December speaking with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak. That call, and Flynn's changing story about it, ultimately led to his firing as Trump's first national security adviser.

    Officials cautioned, however, that the Russians might have exaggerated their sway with Trump's team during those conversations.

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    Apparently Fox is telling America that Trump is doing a good job. All the fuss is just butthurt democrats or liberals or deep staters opposed to MAGA. "These Trump haters are just so full of hate!" say the talking heads.

    So now I understand why Trump supporters do not get that obstruction of justice by a sitting President is srs.

    Journalism is how the public get educated about current events. So journalists are much like teachers. Too bad a bunch of them at Fox do not care about actually sharing good info with the public.

    Rumor is Comcast is turning MSNBC into Fox News 2.0, because it has reasons.
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    Trump cribbed his commencement speech to Liberty University from "Legally Blonde."

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    I'm hoping someone sensible within Trump's entourage convinces him to talk about something other than Islam. The best would be skipping a speech altogether. Instead, Trump should ask questions and get to know stuff about Saudi Arabia.

    Trump appears to be devouring General McMaster's soul ATM so I'm not sure he's the one to give advice. Perhaps Tillerson, the oil man, will step up.
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    Trump’s Cult Was Designed to Withstand This Current Media Onslaught and That’s What’s Happening

    By John Ziegler, Mediaite


    This week, the media freak-out over nightly “bombshell” revelations regarding evidence of President Trump’s apparent malfeasance and general abject incompetence reached, perhaps prematurely, a 9.5 out of 10. It culminated with Friday’s story that Trump told a Russian spy, in the Oval Office, that he fired the FBI Director, who is a “real nut job,” because he was investigating their involvement in our election and that he had gotten rid of the problem.

    Within the last two weeks, there have been several stories about Trump which, in an era where the mainstream news media wasn’t coming off of eight years of Obama cheerleading and was still remotely trusted by Republicans, would have quickly forced the GOP to abandon this president and set the stage for his resignation. This latest disclosure, basically verified by the White House, certainly should qualify as one of those, if not the most damaging of the entire insane-making bunch.

    However, mostly because every story so far requires faith in the news media, nothing we have learned so far is going to turn Trump’s base of support against him. There is still no sign that his dismal approval ratings will dip below the high 30s, and as long as that is the case, he will remain in office, at least until Democrats take over both chambers of Congress, or he loses reelection.

    I have often referred to Trump’s most ardent supporters as being part of a cult. I have not used this term lightly or figuratively. It is my belief that, having dealt with many of these people online for almost two years now, they fit every definition of literally being part of a cult, as does Trump as their leader.

    In fact, on Twitter, I have even come up with the hashtag of #Cult45 to describe Trump’s biggest fans. This is a nod to him being our 45th president and the old Billy Dee Williams TV commercial for beer whose famous catchphrase I imagine being transformed into, “Cult 45… they will believe him EVERY time.”

    One of the hallmarks of a cult, of course, is that they are impervious to facts, logic, or reason when it comes to being convinced that they have been duped. Because they are completely invested in having been right in joining the cult, it is nearly impossible to persuade them that they were wrong, at least until they suffer very real consequences directly due to their decision. This is why it is a universal truth about humanity that it is FAR easier to dupe someone than to convince them that they have been duped.

    Trump himself seems to inherently understand this phenomenon and even famously joked about his supporters sticking within him even if he publicly shot someone (and that was BEFORE he slayed the wicked witch Hillary Clinton, thus buying him even more blind loyalty on the cult’s part). Just last night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, clearly frustrated by all of this, told Trump sycophant Jeffery Lord that he would defend Trump even if he took a “dump” on his desk, which, interestingly, Lord himself didn’t even bother to deny, mostly because it is so obviously true.

    Trump has also masterfully cultivated the resilience of his cult by training them to be both prepped for the coming media onslaught against him, and to disregard anything which sounds bad as simply being “fake news” (even when his own people don’t even bother to deny the story!). Here he has taken a page right about of the Scientology playbook (there are a lot of similarities between Trump and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard) which prevents their followers from getting outside news about them and prepares them that negative publicity is just another sign that nefarious forces are trying to destroy them because of all the good that they are doing.

    This might be the number one element of Trumpsanity which the news media simply doesn’t understand. The more over-the-top they are in their negative coverage of Trump the more his cult completely tunes out any information not sanctioned by a “state-run” media organ, and the more they are convinced that Trump must be doing something right because otherwise the bad guys wouldn’t seem so desperate to destroy him.

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    Trump ally Roger Stone blasts president's Saudi meeting | TheHill

    Roger Stone blasted President Trump's meeting with Saudi leaders on Saturday, arguing part of the royal reception that included the presentation of a gold medallion to Trump made him "want to puke."

    "Instead of meeting with the Saudis @realDonaldTrump should be demanding they pay for the attack on America on 9/11 which they financed," Stone tweeted.
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    Comey's father: Trump was 'scared to death' of FBI director | CNN


    The father of former FBI Director James Comey says his son was fired because President Donald Trump was "scared to death of him."

    In a phone interview with CNN on Saturday, J. Brien Comey called his son's firing last week "a Trump deal."

    "[Comey] didn't give him 100% loyalty, and he demands that of people who work with him," the 86-year-old said. "[Comey] said he would give 100% honesty, but not loyalty."

    Comey said his son, whom he described as a "straightforward and honest guy," was fired "because Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day."

    The remarks come after a tumultuous couple of weeks for the Trump administration, which saw Trump fire the FBI director May 9 and then undermine his own senior aides on his reasons for doing so -- moves then capped by a report in The New York Times that Trump discussed the dismissal in meeting with senior Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after Comey's ouster.

    "I just fired the head of the FBI," Trump told the Russians, according to a document summarizing the meeting that was read to the Times. "He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

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