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    Trump blindsided by implosion of GOP health care bill
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    CREW to get Mar-a-Lago visitor records | CREW

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 17, 2017

    CONTACT: Jordan Libowitz
    202-408-5565 | jlibowitz@citizensforethics.org

    Washington, D.C.—As part of ongoing litigation brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive (NSA) and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will turn over visitor logs for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. CREW will publicly release the visitor logs upon receiving them by September 8th.

    “The public deserves to know who is coming to meet with the president and his staff,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said. “We are glad that as a result of this case, this information will become public for meetings at his his personal residences—but it needs to be public for meetings at the White House as well.”

    CREW, NSA and Knight sued for the release of visitor logs from the White House, Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower. DHS claims to have no records of visitors at Trump Tower. The lawsuit is ongoing for the White House.

    The Obama administration began releasing White House visitor logs in September 2009 to settle four lawsuits brought by CREW.

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Jordan Libowitz at 202-408-5565 or jlibowitz@citizensforethics.org.

    Source: https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/crew-get-mar-lago-visitor-records/
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    Team Trump's Absurd Defenses for Don Jr.'s Emails: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    Seth takes a closer look at the Trump administration's excuses for their behavior amid bombshell revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians.

    The Opening Monologue Of 'Russia Week' | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    Stephen kicks off 'Russia Week' with a deep dive into the prized jewel of Russia: the Trump administration.

    Even Republicans Hate the Republican Health Care Bill | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    Trevor breaks down the fate of the Republican health care bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stalls a vote on the contentious legislation.
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 13 hours ago
    Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    With only a very small majority, the Republicans in the House & Senate need more victories next year since Dems totally obstruct, no votes!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!
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    This post is from August 26, 2016:
    Is the President Fit?

    By Ben Strauss, POLITICO Magazine, July 18, 2017

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    Few props have been more indispensable to Donald Trump’s presidency than the golf cart. He drives them on his frequent weekend trips to the links (invariably at Trump-owned clubs, where he rolls onto the greens, too—normally a no-no). During his visit to Saudi Arabia in May, rather than walk, the president hopped a ride in a cart as he toured the National Museum in Riyadh. And a few days later, while six other world leaders at a G-7 summit in Sicily walked 700 yards up a slight hill to a photo-op, Trump followed behind for at least part of the way in, yes, another golf cart.

    The images of Trump in his carts—at the wheel, wearing a “MAGA” hat on the golf course, or suited and solemn in Saudi Arabia—resonate strongly with Jack O’Donnell, an executive who worked for Trump in Atlantic City. It was 28 years ago—right after a helicopter crash killed three of Trump’s executives—that Trump told O’Donnell, who often trained for triathlons, that exercise was going to ruin his body. “He told me you’ve got to stop that,” O’Donnell told me. “He really believed we only have so much energy, that it was important not to waste it.”

    When O’Donnell, who in 1991 published a tell-all book about working with Trump, watches Trump putter along in his vehicle of choice, he doesn’t see a man conserving energy but a man who is unfit for office. As in, literally, physically unfit. “It says to me that he is in horrible shape and he knows it,” O’Donnell said. “He’d walk if he could, but he knows he can’t keep up with the group, so he rides the cart instead.” (Trump, for his part, dismissed O’Donnell in a 1999 Playboy interview as a “disgruntled employee” and “a fucking loser” who “didn’t know that much about what he was doing.”)

    In the modern history of American presidents, no occupant of the Oval Office has evinced less interest in his own health. He does not smoke or drink, but his fast-food, red meat-heavy diet, his aversion to exercise and a tendency to gorge on television for hours at a time put him at odds with his predecessors.

    <snipped>

    When Trump goes out, it’s more often to eat—usually at one of his hotels where the chefs know he likes his steak well done with ketchup. And on the campaign trail, he made a point of mentioning his taste for fast foods like Kentucky Fried Chicken(It’s not that bad,” he said). This may make the president more relatable to the average American, who scarfs down some $1,200 worth of fast food each year, but it’s an unusual habit for someone holding down one of the world’s most demanding jobs. And even by his own charitable metrics—last year, Trump claimed to stand 6-foot-3 and weighs 236 pounds—he is five pounds shy of obese under the body mass index. By any measure, America’s president is overweight, and medical experts say it could be affecting his health and his job. In Saudi Arabia, after Trump deviated from the prepared text of a speech, an aide explained that the president was “exhausted.” Jet lag, maybe. Old age, perhaps. But certainly not an excuse the Bull Moose would have made.

    All this scrutiny might seem like body shaming if it weren’t for Trump’s own obsession with appearances. This is a man, who at 71, has not lost his appetite for a good slap at someone else’s looks, whether it’s Marco Rubio’s stature, Mika Brzezinski’s chin-tweak, Kim Kardashian’s baby weight or the girth of one of his beauty-pageant winners. Only last week, he broke diplomatic protocol to tell Brigitte Macron, the French first lady, “You’re in such good shape … beautiful.”

    <snipped>

    “Here’s a guy who is constantly appraising other people and using that as a measure of social worth, but not taking care of himself,” Trump biographer Tim O’Brien told me. “That’s a revealing thing; there’s a little bit of self-loathing here.” Added O’Donnell: “You see the side-by-side pictures of presidents from the beginning of their terms to the end. They age, their hair turns gray. Think of what he’s going to look like.”

    <snipped>

    No one I spoke with could pinpoint an exact moment when Trump swore off exercise. Or how, exactly, he morphed from a military school athlete to the fleshy septuagenarian he is today. The culprits, they thought, were simply age, along with the general lack of discipline that infects other aspects of his personality.

    But according to O’Donnell, Trump’s insecurities and vanities about his own appearance increased around the time he began an affair with fitness guru and model Marla Maples in the late 1980s; it was also when his celebrity exploded, and after he had turned 40. In his book, O’Donnell writes, “Always somewhat soft in the middle, he began taking himself through cycles of binging and starving. For days, he’d eat nothing but red meat, then he’d fast, then he seemed to get by on nothing but candy and popcorn.”

    In Lost Tycoon!, which was published in 1993, journalist Harry Hurt III observed that stress could also affect Trump physically. When faced with financial troubles in Atlantic City, Trump gained weight thanks to a heavy diet of pastrami sandwiches. Hurt also claimed that Trump became obsessed with losing his hair, which led to a scalp reduction procedure(Trump has denied it). “The worst thing a man can do is go bald,” Trump told a group of his executives, according to Hurt. “Never let yourself go bald.”

    Despite his skepticism about exercise, Trump played tennis into the ‘90s. His pro, Anthony Boulle, has said he was a competent player, but Trump quit after Boulle talked him out of trying to hit winners all the time. And today, Trump professes to get his exercise from golf. “When I play a few rounds on the weekend, I’ll come in Monday morning and I’ll have lost 3 or 4 pounds,” he told Men’s Journal in 2013. “That’s very pleasurable exercise, and it keeps you away from the refrigerator because you’re out on the course.”

    But according to those who have golfed with the president, his rounds at Bedminster or Trump International shouldn’t be confused with anything resembling aerobic exercise. Trump is reported to be a very good player with a single-digit handicap—admirably low—but swinging a club about 70-80 times in five hours isn’t exactly physically taxing. Former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly told me that when he played a round with Trump for his 2003 book, Who’s Your Caddy? he asked if he could walk the course. Trump insisted on driving a cart. “And when you drive on the greens you do even less walking,” Reilly wrote to me recently in an email, referring to the viral clip of Trump rolling his cart across the green at Bedminster. (In fairness, Reilly also played a round of golf with President Clinton, and in the limo afterward, Clinton opened his bag to reveal a pile of Twix chocolate bars and Pepsi.)

    On the campaign trail, Trump brilliantly covered for his own physical liabilities by attacking his opponents’ supposed infirmities. Jeb Bush was “low energy” and Hillary Clinton didn’t have “stamina.” Meanwhile, at times on the debate stage during the Republican primary, Trump looked spent, mentally and physically. Still, he could make a show of going on TV with Dr. Oz to discuss a recent physical (Trump admitted he’d like to lose 15 to 20 pounds) and having his personal doctor, Harold Bornstein, declare him, “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” In two separate letters, Bornstein proclaimed Trump had lost 15 pounds in the last year, takes a statin for cholesterol and has been hospitalized once in his life: for an appendectomy as an 11-year-old. But there was little supporting evidence released.

    Even as his doctor was laying it on thick, Trump, as is his habit, was busy delivering the real story. He bragged about his chairbound lifestyle, telling the New York Times Magazine: “All my friends who work out all the time, they're going for knee replacements, hip replacements—they're a disaster.” He relished discussing his KFC diet and argued at one point that campaigning was exercise. “It’s how he sold himself as the everyman billionaire,” said Gwenda Blair, another of Trump’s biographers. In other words, it’s one of the reasons he won.

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    “Imagine if Trump got up tomorrow and got a trainer or even just started walking,” John Ratey, a psychology professor at Harvard Medical School and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, told me. Even if no one but his most loyal base responded, that could make a life-saving difference in the lives of thousands of people, he said. The red states that went for Trump tend to have higher rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyles and even shorter lifespans, Ratey noted: “Oh, my God! He could reach the very people who need this—they’re his followers.”

    Ratey was also deeply concerned about the effects of the president’s lack of exercise on his mental health. STAT News, the health-focused website, found that Trump has grown significantly less articulate over the years, raising the question of whether he is suffering some kind of cognitive decline. For anyone Trump’s age, Ratey said, the single best way to maintain brain function is to exercise, which can help people process new information, make better decisions and relieve stress and frustration. “It’s all the things that a CEO or someone in a high-stress job would need to do,” Ratey said. “Exercise is a magic component.”

    According to Michael D’Antonio, one of Trump’s biographers, the president has professed a belief in the superiority of his genes, and he seems content to lean on them as he maintains his current lifestyle. But in the Men’s Journal interview, Trump offered a bit of telling advice for a healthy relationship. “You’ve got to take care of your body and stay healthy,” he said. “You don’t want to be a liability. You don’t want to become somebody’s patient.”

    More at http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/18/is-the-president-fit-215385
  6. This explains why he keeps Steve Bannon on staff compared to him trump looks positively glowing.
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    Eighth person at Trump Jr meeting was accused of money laundering

    Irakly ‘Ike’ Kaveladze, once accused of laundering more than $1.4bn, was a participant in the notorious get-together at Trump Tower in June 2016

    By Jon Swaine, The Guardian

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    A Russian American businessman once accused of laundering more than $1.4bn into the US from eastern Europe attended the meeting where Donald Trump’s son expected to receive secret information from Moscow.

    Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze was the eighth participant in the notorious get-together at Trump Tower in Manhattan on 9 June 2016, his attorney Scott Balber confirmed to the Guardian on Tuesday. Kaveladze’s attendance was first reported by CNN.

    Kaveladze, 52, is an executive at a Moscow-based property firm owned by Aras Agalarov, a business associate of Trump who is also enmeshed in the controversy over the meeting during last year’s presidential election campaign.

    Trump’s son Donald Jr agreed to the meeting after being told by email that he would be given damaging information about Hillary Clinton, their Democratic opponent, as part of an effort by the Russian government to support Trump.

    The meeting brought together Donald Jr and two other senior campaign aides with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian American political operative and former military officer.

    Kaveladze was in 2000 named by the New York Times as responsible for using about 2,000 shell companies in the US to launder $1.4bn from Russia and eastern Europe into accounts at Citibank and the Commercial Bank of San Francisco.

    A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the alleged scheme did not identify Kaveladze by name but confirmed the involvement of his company, International Business Creations. “It is possible that these transfers were used to launder money,” the report said of the transactions.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/18/trump-jr-russia-meeting-irakly-ike-kaveladze
  8. http://boingboing.net/2017/07/18/snl-writer-replies-to-trump-tw.html
    SNL writer replies to Trump tweets as if they're personal texts and it's hysterical

    Thejoshpatton
    Proud to unveil my new, incredibly stupid project: Responding To Trump Tweets Like They Were Texts

    Trump: "I am at the @USGA #USWomensOpen. An amateur player is co-leading for the first time in many decades - very exciting!"
    Patten: "sounds neat keep me posted"

    Trump: "Congratulations to Sung Hyun Park on winning the 2017"
    Patten: "sorry just seeing this"

    Trump: "Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That's politics!"
    Patten: "Oh for sure. Any good info?"
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    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-obama-legacy-20170718-story.html

    Trump set out to uproot Obama's legacy. So far, that's failed
    "Monday brought twin blows. Not only did the Affordable Care Act survive another Republican repeal effort, maintaining President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, but Trump was forced to certify that Iran continues to comply with the nuclear deal that was the biggest foreign policy accomplishment of Obama’s second term."

    "But Trump’s unusual concentration on repealing what his predecessor did, rather than putting forward initiatives of his own, has also hampered his effectiveness to a remarkable degree.

    One of the truisms of American government — as Trump is now learning to his dismay — is that taking away a benefit is generally harder than starting something new."
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  12. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-presidency-drama-capital.html?_r=0
    Trump as a Novel: An Implausible ‘Soap Opera Without the Sex and Fun’
    Alternative fact-ism
    The Alternative Facts Defense

    Trump is arguing in court that he was being hyperbolic when called a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct a liar.

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    Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow

    By Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous, The Washington Post

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    President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.

    The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.

    Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.

    Just three months ago, after the United States accused Assad of using chemical weapons, Trump launched retaliatory airstrikes against a Syrian air base. At the time, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, said that “in no way do we see peace in that area with Assad at the head of the Syrian government.”

    Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Spokesmen for the National Security Council and the CIA declined to comment.

    After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia announced an agreement to back a new cease-fire in southwest Syria, along the Jordanian border, where many of the CIA-backed rebels have long operated. Trump described the limited cease-fire deal as one of the benefits of a constructive working relationship with Moscow.

    The move to end the secret program to arm the anti-Assad rebels was not a condition of the cease-fire negotiations, which were already well underway, said U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the secret program.

    Trump’s dealings with Russia have been under heavy scrutiny because of the investigations into the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election. The decision on the CIA-backed rebels will be welcomed by Moscow, which focused its firepower on those fighters after it intervened in Syria in 2015.

    Some current and former officials who support the program cast the move as a major concession.

    “This is a momentous decision,” said a current official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a covert program. “Putin won in Syria.”

    With the end of the CIA program, U.S. involvement in Syria now consists of a vigorous air campaign against the Islamic State and a Pentagon-run train-and-equip program in support of the largely Kurdish rebel force that is advancing on Islamic State strongholds in Raqqa and along the Euphrates River valley. The Trump administration’s long-term strategy, following the defeat of the Islamic State, appears to be focused on stitching together a series of regional cease-fire deals among the U.S.-backed rebels, the Syrian government and Russia.

    Some analysts said the decision to end the program was likely to empower more radical groups inside Syria and damage the credibility of the United States.

    “We are falling into a Russian trap,” said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, who focuses on the Syrian resistance. “We are making the moderate resistance more and more vulnerable. . . . We are really cutting them off at the neck.”

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...821a62-6beb-11e7-96ab-5f38140b38cc_story.html
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    In Interview, Trump Expresses Anger at Sessions and Comey, and Warns Mueller | The New York Times

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    President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

    In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

    In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, the president also accused James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired in May, of trying to leverage a dossier of compromising material to keep his job. Mr. Trump criticized both the acting F.B.I. director who has been filling in since Mr. Comey’s dismissal and the deputy attorney general who recommended it. And he took on Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel now leading the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

    Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned that investigators would cross a red line if they delve into Trump family finances unrelated to Russia. Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office.

    While the interview touched on an array of issues, including health care, foreign affairs and politics, the investigation dominated the conversation. He said that as far as he knew, he was not under investigation himself, despite reports that Mr. Mueller is looking at whether the president obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.

    “I don’t think we’re under investigation,” he said. “I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong.”

    Describing a newly disclosed informal conversation he had with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia during a dinner of world leaders in Germany earlier this month, Mr. Trump said they talked for about 15 minutes, mostly about “pleasantries.” But Mr. Trump did say that they talked “about adoptions.” Mr. Putin banned American adoptions of Russian children in 2012 after the United States enacted sanctions on Russians accused of human rights abuses, an issue that remains a sore point in relations with Moscow.

    Mr. Trump acknowledged that it was “interesting” that adoptions came up since his son, Donald Trump Jr., said that was the topic of a meeting he had with several Russians with ties to the Kremlin during last year’s campaign. Even though emails show that the session had been set up to pass along incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, the president said he did not need such material from Russia about Mrs. Clinton last year because he already had more than enough.

    The interview came as the White House was trying to move beyond the Russia story and regain momentum following the collapse of health care legislation in the Senate. Relaxed and engaged, the president sat at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, with only one aide, Hope Hicks, sitting in on the interview. The session was sandwiched between a White House lunch with Republican senators and an event promoting “Made in America” week.

    Over the course of 50 minutes, the often-fiery Mr. Trump demonstrated his more amiable side, joking about holding hands with the president of France and musing about having a military parade down a main avenue in Washington. He took satisfaction that unemployment has fallen and stock markets have risen to record highs on his watch.

    At one point, his daughter, Ivanka, arrived at the doorway with her daughter Arabella, who ran to her grandfather and gave him a kiss. He greeted the six-year-old girl as “baby,” then urged her to show the reporters her ability to speak Chinese. She obliged.

    But Mr. Trump left little doubt during the interview that the Russia investigation remained a sore point. His pique at Mr. Sessions, in particular, seemed fresh even months after the attorney general’s recusal. Mr. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Mr. Trump’s candidacy and was rewarded with a key Cabinet slot, but has been more distant from the president lately.

    “Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he added. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”

    Mr. Trump also faulted Mr. Sessions for his testimony during Senate confirmation hearings when Mr. Sessions said he had not met with any Russians even though he had met at least twice with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak. “Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers,” the president said. “He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”

    A spokesman for Mr. Sessions declined to comment on Wednesday.

    The president added a new allegation against Mr. Comey, whose dismissal has become a central issue for critics who said it amounts to an attempt to obstruct the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election and any possible collusion with Mr. Trump’s team.

    Mr. Trump recalled that a little more than two weeks before his inauguration, Mr. Comey and other intelligence officials briefed him at Trump Tower on Russian meddling. Mr. Comey afterward pulled Mr. Trump aside and told him about a dossier that had been assembled by a former British spy filled with salacious allegations against the incoming president, including supposed sexual escapades in Moscow. The F.B.I. has not corroborated the most sensational assertions in the dossier.

    In the interview, Mr. Trump said he believes Mr. Comey told him about the dossier to implicitly make clear he had something to hold over the president. “In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there,” Mr. Trump said. As leverage? “Yeah, I think so,’’ Mr. Trump said. “In retrospect.”

    The president dismissed the assertions in the dossier: “When he brought it to me, I said this is really, made-up junk. I didn’t think about any of it. I just thought about man, this is such a phony deal.”

    Mr. Comey declined to comment on Wednesday.

    But Mr. Comey and other intelligence officials decided it was best for him to raise the subject with Mr. Trump alone because he was going to remain as F.B.I. director. Mr. Comey testified before Congress that he disclosed the details of the dossier to Mr. Trump because he thought that the media would soon be publishing details from it and that Mr. Trump had a right to know what information was out there about him.

    Mr. Trump refuted Mr. Comey’s claim that in a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office on Feb. 14, the president asked him to end the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Comey testified before Congress that Mr. Trump kicked the vice president, attorney general and several other senior administration officials out of the room before having the discussion with Mr. Comey.

    “I don’t remember even talking to him about any of this stuff,” Mr. Trump said. “He said I asked people to go. Look, you look at his testimony. His testimony is loaded up with lies, O.K.?”

    Mr. Trump was also critical of Mr. Mueller, a longtime former F.B.I. director, reprising some of his past complaints that lawyers in his office contributed money to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. He noted that he actually interviewed Mr. Mueller to replace Mr. Comey just before his appointment as special counsel.

    “He was up here and he wanted the job,” Mr. Trump said. After he was named special counsel, “I said, ‘What the hell is this all about?’ Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.”

    Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expands to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

    The president also expressed discontent with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, a former federal prosecutor from Baltimore. When Mr. Sessions recused himself, the president said he was irritated to learn where his deputy was from. “There are very few Republicans in Baltimore, if any,” he said of the predominately Democratic city.

    He complained that Mr. Rosenstein had in effect been on both sides when it came to Mr. Comey. The deputy attorney general recommended Mr. Comey be fired but then appointed Mr. Mueller, who may be investigating whether the dismissal was an obstruction of justice. “Well, that’s a conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump said. “Do you know how many conflicts of interests there are?”

    As for Andrew G. McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, the president suggested that he too had a conflict. Mr. McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, received nearly $500,000 in 2015 during a losing campaign for the Virginia state Senate from a political action committee affiliated with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

    In his first description of his dinnertime conversation with Mr. Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, Mr. Trump downplayed its significance. He said his wife, Melania, was seated next to Mr. Putin at the other end of a table filled with world leaders.

    “The meal was going toward dessert,’’ he said. “I went down just to say hello to Melania, and while I was there I said hello to Putin. Really, pleasantries more than anything else. It was not a long conversation, but it was, you know, could be 15 minutes. Just talked about things. Actually, it was very interesting, we talked about adoption.”

    He noted the adoption issue came up in the June 2016 meeting between his son and Russian visitors. “I actually talked about Russian adoption with him,’’ he said, meaning Mr. Putin. “Which is interesting because it was a part of the conversation that Don had in that meeting.”

    But the president repeated that he did not know about his son’s meeting at the time and added that he did not need the Russians to provide damaging information about Mrs. Clinton.

    “There wasn’t much I could say about Hillary Clinton that was worse than what I was already saying,” he said. “Unless somebody said that she shot somebody in the back, there wasn’t much I could add to my repertoire.”

    Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-interview-sessions-russia.html
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    Big German Bank, Key to Trump’s Finances, Faces New Scrutiny | The New York Times

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    During the presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump pointed to his relationship with Deutsche Bank to counter reports that big banks were skeptical of doing business with him.

    After a string of bankruptcies in his casino and hotel businesses in the 1990s, Mr. Trump became somewhat of an outsider on Wall Street, leaving the giant German bank among the few major financial institutions willing to lend him money.

    Now that two-decades-long relationship is coming under scrutiny.

    Banking regulators are reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans made to Mr. Trump’s businesses through Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management unit, which caters to an ultrarich clientele, according to three people briefed on the review who were not authorized to speak publicly. The regulators want to know if the loans might expose the bank to heightened risks.

    Separately, Deutsche Bank has been in contact with federal investigators about the Trump accounts, according to two people briefed on the matter. And the bank is expecting to eventually have to provide information to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

    It was not clear what information the bank might ultimately provide. Generally, the bank is seen as central to understanding Mr. Trump’s finances since it is the only major financial institution that continues to conduct sizable business with him. Deutsche Bank has also lent money to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and to his family real estate business.

    Although Deutsche Bank recently landed in legal trouble for laundering money for Russian entities — paying more than $600 million in penalties to New York and British regulators — there is no indication of a Russian connection to Mr. Trump’s loans or accounts at Deutsche Bank, people briefed on the matter said. The bank, which declined to comment, scrutinizes its accounts for problematic ties as part of so-called “know your customer” banking rules and other requirements.

    And with one of its most famous clients headed to the White House, the bank designed a plan for overseeing the accounts of Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner and presented it to regulators at the New York State Department of Financial Services early this year. The plan essentially called for monitoring the accounts for red flags such as exceptionally favorable loan terms or unusual partners.

    Additionally, the New York regulators recently requested information related to the hundreds of millions in loans Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management division provided Mr. Trump, one of the people said, paying particular attention to personal guarantees he made to obtain the loans. Those guarantees have declined as the loans were paid down and the property values increased, but it remains a source of interest to the regulators.

    While there is no formal investigation of the bank — and personal guarantees are often required when people receive big loans from their wealth managers — the New York regulators have questioned whether the guarantee could create problems for Deutsche Bank should Mr. Trump fail to pay his debts. To collect, the bank would either have to sue the president, or risk being seen as cutting him a special deal.

    It is not a hypothetical concern: Mr. Trump sued the bank in 2008 to delay paying back an earlier loan.

    Mr. Trump has had a complicated relationship with the bank over the past 20 years, which has included more than $4 billion in loan commitments and potential bond offerings, a majority of which were completed, according to a New York Times review of securities filings and interviews with people with knowledge of the deals. Despite all the risk-taking — and a brief loan default that spurred the 2008 litigation — Mr. Trump’s business has made the bank money, the people said.

    A spokesman for the New York regulators declined to comment, and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.

    A few years after Mr. Trump sued the bank in 2008, he moved his business from the bank’s commercial real estate lending division to its private wealth division, where executives were more willing to deal with him, according to the people briefed on the matter.

    In the past six years, the private wealth unit helped finance three of Mr. Trump’s properties, including a golf course near Miami and a hotel in Washington, according to Mr. Trump’s most recent financial disclosures and the people with knowledge of the loans.

    The size of the loans — totaling about $300 million — is somewhat unusual by Wall Street standards, according to former and current Deutsche Bank executives and wealth managers at other Wall Street firms.

    While it is not unheard-of for real estate developers to obtain large wealth management loans for projects deemed too risky for an investment bank, it differs from bank to bank, and those that do issue loans of that size typically do so for top clients known to pay their bills.

    Mr. Trump’s wealth manager at Deutsche Bank, Rosemary Vrablic, has specialized in real estate lending and is known for taking risks on clients, two of the executives and wealth managers said. And her relationship with Mr. Trump is close enough that Ms. Vrablic attended Mr. Trump’s inauguration, according to a person who attended.

    Mr. Kushner has established his own relationship with the bank. He and his mother have an unsecured line of credit from Deutsche Bank, valued at up to $25 million, and the family business he ran until January, Kushner Companies, received a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank last year.

    Mr. Kushner’s dealings at the bank have included Ms. Vrablic. In 2013, he ordered up a glowing profile of her in the real estate magazine he owned, The Mortgage Observer, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The piece concluded with a disclaimer that her “past clients” included Mr. Kushner.

    In an interview with The Times last year, Mr. Trump suggested reporters speak with Ms. Vrablic about his banking relationships.

    “Why don’t you call the head of Deutsche Bank? Her name is Rosemary Vrablic,” he said. “She is the boss.”

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/...ey-to-trumps-finances-faces-new-scrutiny.html

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Rosemary Vrablic
  17. All The People Trump Attacks In His 50-Minute New York Times Interview


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...y-times-interview_us_5970065ae4b062ea5f8f16bc
    Hint: it's 5 white guys
    He was outgoing and friendly during this meeting. He brought in his 6 yo granddaughter and had her speak Chinese. Awww so cute.
    No complaints about unfair press ( the failing New York Times) but Trump complains about Sessions recusing himself, James Comey acting like a FBI director, Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe (who's wife received a donation from someone who was a friend of Clinton's), Rosenstein (because he's from Baltimore and there are lots of Democrats there) and Mueller, who Trump claims to have damaging info on but is keeping it till later.
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Senator Who Has Received More NRA Support Than Anyone Blames Obama For Orlando Shooting

    By Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress, June 16, 2016

    Quote:

    On Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said President Barack Obama is “directly responsible” for the Sunday morning mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 dead.

    “Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” McCain said, according to The Guardian. “[Obama] pulled everybody out of Iraq, and I predicted at the time that ISIS would go unchecked, and there would be attacks on the United States of America… It’s a matter of record, so he is directly responsible… The responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.”

    There’s a good reason why McCain would ignore guns and focus on foreign policy. According to data from the Center of Responsive Politics, no member of Congress has received more direct and indirect support from the National Rifle Association than the $7.7 million that has gone to McCain over the course of his career. In 2008 alone, the NRA spent more than $7.2 million in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Obama and elect McCain, who was the Republican candidate that cycle.

    <snipped>

    As McCain’s comments circulated, he attempted to walk them back with a statement where he said he “misspoke.”

    <snipped>

    While he did link Orlando to Obama's policies, McCain said three times the president is "directly responsible."
    https://twitter.com/SabrinaSiddiqui/status/743532589969977344

    <snipped>

    McCain, who faces a tough reelection fight against Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, has pledged his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. His comments came a day after Trump cited a debunked conspiracy theory to make a case that Obama secretly supports ISIS.

    Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), wasted no time drawing a connection between McCain and Trump, characterizing the senator’s “unhinged comments” as “just the latest proof that Senate Republicans are puppets of Donald Trump” and adding, “there is no daylight between Senate Republicans and Donald Trump.”

    https://thinkprogress.org/senator-w...lames-obama-for-orlando-shooting-ff1a115af8f7

    https://www.google.com/search?q=NRA McCain
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump’s deeply worrisome New York Times interview reveals a lawless president | The Washington Post

    Quote:

    President Trump’s extended, rambling new interview with the New York Times provides perhaps the clearest picture yet of his conviction that he is above the law — a conviction, crucially, that appears to be deeply felt on an instinctual level — and of his total lack of any clear conception of the basic obligations to the public he assumed upon taking office.

    There are numerous worrisome moments in this interview, from his incoherence on the health-care debate (“preexisting conditions are a tough deal”) to his odd asides about history (Napoleon “didn’t go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death”). But I wanted to highlight the sum total of the picture that results from three things Trump said:
    • Trump flatly declared that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions had told him in advance that he would recuse himself from the Russia probe, “I would have picked somebody else.” Just as bad, Trump also said that Sessions’s recusal was “very unfair to the president,” i.e., unfair to him.
    • Trump said clearly that if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is examining his family’s finances, he would view that as an abuse of his role. While Trump declined to say whether he would try to get Mueller removed, he said he would view any such overstepping as a “violation.”
    • In at least two exchanges, Trump was asked directly about the fact that Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain showed that the information offered to his campaign in advance of the now-notorious meeting came from the Russian government. In one of them, he strongly suggested that being open to such information was no biggie. In the other, he dismissed the offer itself as “standard political stuff.”
    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/blog...-times-interview-reveals-a-lawless-president/
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions | Bloomberg
    • Special counsel examines dealings of Kushner, Manafort, Trump
    • Trump has warned Mueller against going beyond Russia in probe
    Quote:

    The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

    The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds. Trump’s businesses have involved Russians for years, making the boundaries fuzzy so Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be taking a wide-angle approach to his two-month-old probe.

    FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

    John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday he was unaware of this element of the investigation. "Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel; are unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly, are well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code," he wrote in an email.

    Agents are also interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary. They are also examining the efforts of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and White House aide, to secure financing for some of his family’s real estate properties. The information was provided by someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly.

    The roots of Mueller’s follow-the-money investigation lie in a wide-ranging money laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year, according to the person.

    For more on the Trump-Russia investigations, see this Q&A

    FBI agents had already been gathering information about Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, according to two people with knowledge of that probe. Prosecutors hadn’t yet begun presenting evidence to a grand jury. Trump fired Bharara in March.

    The Bharara probe was consolidated into Mueller’s inquiry, showing that the special counsel is taking an overarching approach to his mandated investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Altogether, the various financial examinations constitute one thread of Mueller’s inquiry, which encompasses computer hacking and the dissemination of stolen campaign and voter information as well as the actions of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

    <snipped>

    Mueller’s team is looking at the Trump SoHo hotel condominium development, which was a licensing deal with Bayrock Capital LLC. In 2010, the former finance director of Bayrock filed a lawsuit claiming the firm structured transactions in fraudulent ways to evade taxes. Bayrock was a key source of capital for Trump development projects, including Trump SoHo.

    The 2013 Miss Universe pageant is of interest because a prominent Moscow developer, Aras Agalarov, paid $20 million to bring the beauty spectacle there. About a third of that sum went to Trump in the form of a licensing fee, according to Forbes magazine. At the event, Trump met Herman Gref, chief executive of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank PJSC. Agalarov’s son Emin helped broker a meeting last year between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton and her campaign.

    Another significant financial transaction involved a Palm Beach, Florida estate that Trump purchased in 2004 for $41 million, after its previous owner lost it in bankruptcy. In March of 2008, after the real estate bubble had begun losing air, Russian fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the property for $95 million.

    As part of their investigation, Mueller’s team has issued subpoenas to banks and filed requests for bank records to foreign lenders under mutual legal assistance treaties, according to two of the people familiar with the matter.

    More at https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...lan-to-quit-after-trump-remarks-official-says
  21. After giving him instructions about where the dirt is, Mueller says "Thanks!" and goes there. Lol Trump the bully. I hope he fires Mueller. Will the Republicans continue to offer their assholes to Trump then? I think more Republicans will defect but not all. Sad!
  22. Trump surrogates are now blaming McConnell for the failure of the Trumpcare vote. Predictable! He didn't engage the Democrats, he didn't court the republican women ( unhappy about healthcare that excludes pregnancy and birth control.) Those all were McConnell's decisions. Ryan was blamed for the House struggle. The Republicans senators are blamed for not passing the measure and the Democrats are also at fault for not "joining in".
    [IMG]
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald Trump Is an Impossible Boss | The Atlantic

    Donald Trump is an impossible boss, demanding absolute personal loyalty — even when it conflicts with the law or other key principles — and offering little faithfulness in return.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politic...p-jeff-sessions-terrible-boss-loyalty/534315/

    Trump's Latest Interview Highlights Four of His Greatest Flaws | The Atlantic

    The transcript of the president’s conversation with The New York Times throws his shortcomings into greater relief than ever before.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/trump-takes-another-step/534309/
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump wants a talk-radio host to be the USDA’s chief scientist

    The Dept. of Agriculture’s science will be run by someone with no science experience.

    By John Timmer, Ars Technica

    Quote:

    Yesterday, the Trump administration formally named its candidate for the Department of Agriculture's undersecretary of research, education, and economics, a post that serves as the agency's chief scientist. Its choice? Sam Clovis, who has no scientific background but is notable primarily for having been a conservative talk-radio host. If approved by the Senate, the US' attempts to understand climate change's impact on agriculture will be led by someone who called climate research "junk science."

    Clovis, who has also taught economics and management at an Iowa liberal arts college, was an early supporter of Trump's candidacy. He's been working at the USDA as a White House advisor since shortly after Trump's inauguration. Suggestions that he'd be nominated to this position have been circulating for a while, but his official nomination only came yesterday.

    While the USDA doesn't have as prominent a role in science as, say, the Department of Energy, its Agricultural Research Service (ARS!) has over 1,000 permanent scientists and over 100 research facilities. It and other components of the research, education, and economics group are responsible for research in areas like nutrition, agricultural productivity, pathogens that affect agricultural animals, and non-food agriculture, such as forestry.

    The USDA's research would presumably include figuring out how to adapt agriculture to our changing climate. Temperature stresses, water issues, and possible changes in the areas inhabited by agricultural pests are all potential issues that may already be influenced by climate change, and issues are only going to be more pronounced in the future. But given Clovis' past statements, it's not clear whether the USDA will continue this research.

    In 2014, when Clovis was running for senate in Iowa, he did an interview with the state's public radio station in which he was asked about climate change. After the interviewer highlighted the widespread acceptance of climate change within the scientific community, Clovis responded by saying, in effect, that scientists were trying to fool him. "I have looked at the science, and I have enough of a science background to know when I’m being boofed," he said. (Pro Publica checked and found that Clovis had never even taken an undergraduate level course in any science.)

    Despite his lack of expertise, Clovis went on to claim that "a lot of the science is junk science. It's not proven; I don't think there's any substantive information available to me that doesn't raise as many questions as it does answers." He then went on, somewhat incoherently, to talk about sunspots and volcanoes before saying that the whole thing was a conspiracy to support wealth redistribution. "This global warming, or whatever the climate change," Clovis said, "is really about income redistribution from rich nations that are industrialized to nations that are not."

    Clovis' nomination will require Senate approval.

    Source: https://arstechnica.com/science/201...k-radio-host-to-be-the-usdas-chief-scientist/
  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Senate Judiciary panel prepared to subpoena Manafort, Trump Jr., by Friday night

    By Karoun Demirjian,The Washington Post

    Quote:

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has preapproved subpoenas to force former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. to appear before the panel if they do not accept by Friday evening an invitation to appear next week.

    Committee chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday that Manafort, Trump Jr. and a third invited witness, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, have until Friday night to accept the invitation to testify in a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday. If they do not accept, Grassley said, subpoenas would be issued “almost immediately.”

    “We’ve already authorized” the orders, Grassley said, explaining that the committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), had also signed off on the orders in advance. “She and I don’t have to take any action — it’s already been taken.”

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/powe...a66f82-6d7b-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html
  26. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump's 2020 Campaign Has Already Paid Out $600K — to Trump | WIRED

    Quote:

    Back in 2000, when Donald Trump was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket, he told Fortune, "It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it." And though it's hard to say whether Trump has actually managed to turn a profit (at least not without getting a look at his tax returns), according to his re-election campaign's FEC filings, Donald Trump is sure as hell trying his best.

    Even though Trump is, in fact, the current president, he only stopped running for a brief few hours on Inauguration Day. As soon as Trump filed for re-election, at 5:11 pm on January 20, his campaign officially sprang back into action. That means Trump can legally continue to funnel funds from donors back into his own businesses. According to the Trump campaign's self-reported FEC filings, this has amounted to about $600,000 spent at Trump-owned properties in just the first six months of his presidency.

    Nearly $400,000 of that campaign money went to rent at Trump Tower, with $90,000 going to the The Trump Corporation for "legal consulting," nearly $60,000 to the Trump International Golf Club, $15,000 to the Trump International Hotel in DC, and about $1,700 to Trump-brand bottled water, among various payments. And that's just the money that went to businesses in which Trump has a personal role. The Trump campaign has spent a total of $10 million in the last six months; any shell companies and subsidiaries of other Trump-owned businesses that may have gotten a piece of that don't have to be disclosed.

    What's more, this number doesn't include the more nebulous (and almost certainly larger) total spent on Trump's businesses simply by virtue of Trump being president. According to filings released last month by the Office of Government Ethics (whose director, Walter Shaub, quit earlier this month in protest of the executive branch's refusal to obey ethical norms) Trump's seen the income from his properties increase by tens of millions of dollars since he started campaigning. And the Trump family seems happy to do their part to help that along. After his election victory, Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort doubled its initiation fee to $200,000.

    Not to mention the fact that any time either Trump or his family members stay at any Trump property (which they often do), the Secret Service is paying a Trump business for the privilege of accompanying them. For instance, The Washington Post reported that, of the $60 million in additional funding the Secret Service has requested for next year, $26.8 million would go toward protecting Trump's family in Trump Tower. And since the inauguration, the Secret Service has spent over $35,000 on Trump-owned golf cart rentals alone. Trump, of course, could easily choose to waive those fees if he so desired. As for the campaign front, the Republican National Committee held a $10 million re-election fund-raiser last month at the Trump International Hotel in DC — which, according to The New York Times, charged the RNC "regular prices" to use its facilities.

    These sorts of expenses lining the president's own pocket is unprecedented. "No other president has presided over this many growing concerns," says Daniel Weiner, Senior Counsel for The Brennan Center at NYU's Democracy Program. "FDR and JFK were wealthy scions, but they didn’t really have anything to to do with the family business. Trump is unique — not only in his wealth and involvement with his business, but also in his clear personal preference to, whenever possible, stick to his own companies. He wants to live in his own buildings; he wants to do business there; and he wants to eat at his own restaurants."

    Continued at https://www.wired.com/story/trump-2020-campaign-money/
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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump lifted the cap on H-2B worker visas. Then his businesses asked for 76 of them. | Vox

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/20/16003254/trump-h2b-visa-program

    Trump's Private Clubs In Florida Are Seeking Visas For Foreign Workers | NPR

    http://www.npr.org/2017/07/20/53838...florida-are-seeking-visas-for-foreign-workers

    During ‘Made in America Week,’ President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club applies to hire 70 foreign workers | The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...lago-club-applies-to-hire-70-foreign-workers/
  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation | The Washington Post

    Quote:

    Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

    Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

    Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...2ebf2c-6d71-11e7-b9e2-2056e768a7e5_story.html

    Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators | The New York Times

    Quote:

    President Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.

    The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators’ past clients and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel’s investigation.

    The effort to investigate the investigators is another sign of a looming showdown between Mr. Trump and Mr. Mueller, who has assembled a team of high-powered prosecutors and agents to examine whether any of Mr. Trump’s advisers aided Russia’s campaign to disrupt last year’s presidential election.

    Some of the investigators have vast experience prosecuting financial malfeasance, and the prospect that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry could evolve into an expansive examination of Mr. Trump’s financial history has stoked fears among the president’s aides. Both Mr. Trump and his aides have said publicly they are watching closely to ensure Mr. Mueller’s investigation remains narrowly focused on last year’s election.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/us/politics/donald-trump-robert-mueller-russia-investigation.html
  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    Spokesman for Trump’s legal team resigns just two months after starting | POLITICO

    Mark Corallo had grown frustrated with operation and warring factions, sources say.

    Quote:

    The spokesman for President Donald Trump's legal team has resigned within two months of being on the job, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Mark Corallo, the spokesman, had grown frustrated with the operation and the warring factions and lawyers, these people said. Corallo also was concerned about whether he was being told the truth about various matters, one of these people said.

    Corallo did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

    Corallo had told an associate that the dynamics in the White House were untenable and that there was "too much fighting all the time," in the words of one person who spoke to him.

    Continued at http://www.politico.com/story/2017/...resigns-just-two-months-after-starting-240783

    Scaramucci under consideration for White House communications post | POLITICO

    Longtime supporter and financier has been in talks with President Trump’s communications shop.

    Quote:

    Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, has been engaged in talks to join the White House communications shop, two White House officials said.

    Scaramucci, who is a frequent TV surrogate for Trump, is liked by the president. Trump "thinks he is really good at making the case for him," one of these people said. "He loves him on TV."

    Scaramucci would enter the communications operation in a high-level role, but the specifics have not been determined — nor when he would begin. One of the White House officials cautioned the talks could still fall part. The other person said Scaramucci would be involved heavily in the TV part of the operation.

    Continued at http://www.politico.com/story/2017/...nsideration-for-white-house-comms-post-240785
  30. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump shuffles legal team: Ty Cobb takes lead from Marc Kasowitz, spokesman Mark Corallo resigns | ABC News

    Donald Trump is shaking up his legal team -- but the president's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has not outright been removed from the team, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told ABC News Thursday night.

    Instead, Ty Cobb will take the lead of the external legal team managing the response to the Russia probe, with Kasowitz remaining in a lesser role. The rest of the team remains.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-legal-team-spokesman-mark-corallo-resigns/story?id=48762642
  31. DeathHamster Member

    http://www.salon.com/2017/07/19/ste...strange-love-affair-with-new-age-mysticism-2/
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  32. So...Trump shuffles legal team. Brash NY lawyer resigns.
    Trump aides collect information on Muellers legal team and Trump investigates the use of pardons. Attack the special prosecutor and plan for a way out for everyone. If he first smears Mueller then uses that as an excuse to pardon everyone as a result of the horrible no good investigation, He thinks it doesn't matter if Mueller finds evidence of collusion. Pardons won't stop the publishing of the the Trump teams obstruction.
    Fuck this is more twisted than Watergate which was a coverup of Republican crimes against Democratic politicians. This is so much worse.
    Meanwhile Trump supports Russia in Syria and is planning on lifting Russian sanctions. But I hear the Congress won't allow the sanctions to be lifted. The relationship to adoptions? Closing Russian adoptions was one of the things Russia did in response to sanctions.
  33. Congress Warns Donald Trump That It Will Be Toxic If He Fires Bob Mueller


    "Members of Congress were aghast on Thursday after President Donald Trump suggested that he would move to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if his investigation into Russia’s election meddling turned towards Trump’s finances.
    But those same members said that they were unable to preemptively shield Mueller from the threat of presidential interference.
    “That’s not our lane. It’s an independent counsel. So he should be independent. And we should do our job and the two things should not be connected,” Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) told The Daily Beast. Heinrich sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is also investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian operatives."
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/congre...that-it-will-be-toxic-if-he-fires-bob-mueller
  34. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump Wants An Attorney General Who Can Time Travel | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    The President wishes Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have revealed ahead of time his intentions to recuse himself from the Russian probe... even though it hadn't happened yet.

    Trump Turns on Sessions Amid Russia Probe: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's New York Times interview, in which he lashes out at his own attorney general and threatens the special counsel investigating him.

    President Trump Casually Makes Another Damning Admission | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    In a New York Times interview, President Trump claims he wouldn't have picked Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he knew he would've recused himself from the Russia probe.
  35. The Russians are manipulating out government AGAIN and Trump makes it so easy.
    "President Trump may have held more meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit earlier this month, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview published Friday.

    “They might have met even much more than just three times,” Lavrov told NBC News."

    They are helping to bring the country to a standstill
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brief...-and-putin-may-have-had-more-meetings-at-g-20
  36. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald Trump is thinking of pardoning himself, which could set up a constitutional crisis | Salon

    President Trump is so testy about the Russia probe that he may be testing the boundaries of his authority.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/07/21/don...f-which-could-set-up-a-constitutional-crisis/

    Can President Trump pardon himself? | CNN

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/politics/trump-pardon-authority/

    Can the President Pardon Himself? | NBC News

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/can-president-pardon-himself-n785181

    Can The President Pardon Himself? | Time

    http://time.com/4868108/donald-trump-pardon-himself/

    Schiff, Warner launch preemptive strike on Trump pardons | POLITICO

    The top Democrats on the congressional panels investigating Russia’s election meddling are warning President Donald Trump not to attempt to pardon his campaign aides whose alleged ties to Moscow are now under investigation.

    The statements by Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Mark Warner of Virginia follow reports, including in The Washington Post, that Trump’s legal team is exploring the possibility of pardons.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/...t-muller-probe-adam-schiff-mark-warner-240795
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    Sean Spicer resigns: What does it mean? | CNN



    President Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned after the White House hired a new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.

    Spicer resigns, Scaramucci to be White House communications director | The Washington Post

    Quote:

    BREAKING: White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday following the appointment of wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, according to a White House official. Scaramucci has previously had a tense relationship with both Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. This story will be updated.

    The chaos engulfing President Trump and his orbit intensified Friday, as Trump moved to shake up his legal and White House communications teams in response to the widening special counsel probe into his campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government and its impact on the administration’s stalled legislative agenda.

    Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, will step back from his central role in the president’s outside legal team with John M. Dowd, a seasoned Washington attorney with a focus on white-collar crime, now taking the lead in managing the president’s defense. Mark Corallo, a longtime GOP operative who had served as a spokesman for Trump’s legal team, resigned Thursday.

    Meanwhile, at the White House, Trump is considering installing ally and wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as his communications director. He was scheduled to meet with the president in the Oval Office at 10 a.m. on Friday, according to a senior White House official.

    Bringing Scaramucci into the White House could touch off another round of intense backbiting and tension among Trump’s senior staff, especially with chief of staff Reince Priebus, with whom he has clashed in the past. The communications post has remained open since it was vacated by Michael Dubke in May.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...a3e18a-6e0a-11e7-8961-ec5f3e1e2a5c_story.html

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