The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. My Healthcare Experience in Europe as an American

    Canadian Doctor SAVAGES Senator On Healthcare

    Health Care: U.S. vs. Canada

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  2. Young Homeless Girl Living on the Streets of New York City.

    Young Homeless Woman Putting Herself Through College (Links to Her Video Updates in Description)

    Delilah Says Homelessness Is Better Than Working in a Beverly Hills Hair Salon.

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    'Mars awaits': Trump supporters to vote on logo for space force | The Guardian

    President’s re-election campaign team organises poll on best symbol for new military unit

    Mike Pence Tries To Make Space Force Sound Less Dumb | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Vice President Mike Pence successfully gave a serious speech about Space Force while keeping a straight face.

    Ex-astronaut: Trump's plan for a Space Force 'redundant,' 'wasteful' | TheHill

    Former astronaut Mark Kelly on President Trump's "Space Force" effort: "The only person that I’ve heard say this is a fantastic idea is the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States. Everybody else says it’s redundant, its wasteful."

    Pence Calls Space Force Necessary to Protect U.S. from Gay Aliens | The New Yorker

    The Trump campaign wants to sell Space Force gear, and they're asking you to pick a design | ABC News

    Hey Guys, Vote On a Space Force Logo. Then Buy the Merch! | TMZ

    How Trump's New Space Force Could Go Horribly Wrong | VICE
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  4. You know, Stephen Colbert's show is pretty good satire, but even a Jonathan Swift would falter when faced with the global cosmic catastrophe of the Trump administration.

    Melania Trump's Slovenian parents become US citizens


    President Donald Trump's parents-in-law have become US citizens in a private ceremony.

    Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents, took the oath of citizenship in New York on Thursday, their lawyer confirmed.

    He said the pair had been living in the US on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump.
    President Trump has railed against family-based or "chain" immigration in the past.

    He argues instead for a merit-based system prioritising professionals over relatives, and has drawn criticism for his vocal attacks on immigration laws and immigrants.

    Melania Trump became a US citizen in 2006, after entering the US on a coveted Einstein visa for people of "extraordinary ability" in 2001 when she was working as a model.

    Under US immigration law, Melania's parents would need to have had green cards for at least five years before they could apply for citizenship.

    How did Melania Trump get an 'Einstein visa'?

    Who is Melania Trump?

    According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, an average naturalisation application in New York takes between 11 and 21 months and is dependent on numerous character and residency requirements.
    Their lawyer Michael Wildes - who attended the ceremony with them - told reporters outside they had met the five year condition but refused to give more details, according to the New York Times.

    Mr Wildes called family-based migration "a bedrock of our immigration process", and when asked if the pair had gained citizenship through the system reportedly replied, "I suppose".

    Viktor Knavs was a car salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory. Both are in their 70s.

    Their son-in-law has frequently attacked US immigration laws, calling them the "dumbest laws on immigration in the world".

    Media captionTrump: Immigrant gangs 'animals, not people'

    Donald's formula is to eradicate the country of Mexicans to make more room for Slovenians and pals of Putin.
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  7. Yes, Everyone Is Lying About The DNC Server Scandal. w/John Kiri

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    There's a related post in the Assange thread:

    Democrats serve Julian Assange, Australia-based WikiLeaks with lawsuit via Twitter

    A law firm representing the United States Democratic National Committee has served legal papers to Wikileaks for their role in the Russia-led interference of the US campaign during the 2016 election.

    In a twist, the legal papers have been delivered via a tweet to the Wikileaks account, with that organisation's physical address listed as the University of Melbourne.
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    The Shadow Rulers of the VA
    How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s veterans policies.
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    New Rule: I, Q | Real Time with Bill Maher

    In his editorial New Rule, Bill reveals the truth about #QAnon.

    Lawence O'Donnell: A Cheatable System | Real Time with Bill Maher

    Author and MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell joins Bill to discuss reaching new heights in political corruption and the re-release of his book, “Deadly Force: A Police Shooting and My Family's Search for the Truth.”
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  12. “Melania Trump’s immigration lawyer calls president’s attacks on ‘chain migration’ ‘unconscionable’
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    Forensic copy is the correct technical term. Having a private company do it might break the legal chain of custody, don't know, but bitching about the proper term being used seems deliberately ignorant.

    And the VIPS memo "speed of download" crap? Fuck me with a rubber chicken! Here's a clue: No one compresses an archive over the Internet. No one. You compress an archive to a fast local disk and then send it over the Internet because that's the whole fucking point!

    As I recall, the speed at which the files were compressed makes the use of a thumb drive doubtful. (With just the right system with just the right USB3 thumb drive, maybe.)

    The VIPS memo does point out interesting technical details, but I'm afraid that its conclusions were baked in from the start, which causes it to make some really dumb assumptions.

    eta: A review of the Forensicator/VIPS memo:
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    Trump knows the Pledge of Allegence now. Check out his small group of bikers mixed with secret service. Fizzle.
  15. Trump Wanted to Be Sworn-In With “Art of the Deal” And Other Explosive Claims From Omarosa’s Book
  16. Betsy DeVos Caught Not Paying Taxes

    Damn if, I didn't knew better I would say she is a member of a Satanic cult

    MOAR !
    Betsy DeVos Asked to Justify Proposed $9 Billion Cut to Education Budget

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    Donald Trump: The Establishment's Useful Idiot

    Trump Making Asbestos Great Again

    Okay guys, what kind of universe did I wake up in ?
  18. Activists and residents gather in Charlottesville: 'We cannot continue to let hate win'

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  20. Sacha Cohen’s show Who is America features Cory Lewandowski this week. Cohen’s character asks Cory about Trump and race
    “The president doesn’t look at race — never has. Its a non-issue,” added Lewandowski, who is known for ridiculing a girl with down syndrome getting separated from her mother and was charged with simple battery of a female reporter.

    “If he was racist why would he have moved into a black man’s house?” agreed Cohen (as Ruddick)”
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  23. Judge upholds Mueller's Russia probe authority

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    Jesus is there anywhere in the White House that wasn’t taped? Omarosa, Cohen, .... just hand the White House keys to the Russians
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    Trump campaign takes legal steps against Omarosa | CNN

    Trump's campaign has filed for arbitration, accusing Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former campaign aide and White House official, of breaching a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with the campaign.

    CNN's Brooke Baldwin reads Trump's insults | CNN

    CNN's Brooke Baldwin reads off a list of insults President Donald Trump has used to describe people since taking office and says that Trump continues to lower the bar on civility.

    Omarosa Manigault: I'm Interested In Exposing What Was Happening Behind The Scenes | MSNBC

    Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault says Trump should be worried about being exposed as a 'racist' and a 'misogynist' given her tape recordings.

    Omarosa claims Trump knew about hacked emails prior to WikiLeaks release | TheHill


    Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman claimed Tuesday that President Trump knew about the hacked Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks before they were released during the height of the 2016 election campaign.

    She made the allegation during an interview that aired on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, saying that Trump “absolutely” knew about the emails before they were released by WikiLeaks. She also said campaign officials were instructed to bring up the emails at every point they could during the end of the campaign.

    U.S. officials have linked the hacked emails to a broader plot by Russia to interfere in the election.

    When asked by the reporter whether she was implying Trump had a back channel to WikiLeaks, Omarosa replied, “I didn’t say that, you did.”

    “I will say that I am going to expose the corruption that went on in the campaign and in the White House,” Manigault-Newman added.

    WikiLeaks released troves of emails stolen from Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and the personal inbox of John Podesta, then Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

    The U.S. intelligence community says that officials belonging to Russia’s GRU military intelligence unit were responsible for the hacks and passed the stolen material to WikiLeaks. Last month, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for launching cyberattacks against the DNC and systems involved in the U.S. electoral process.

    For more than a year, Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the election, including whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

    There has been broad speculation about whether individuals in Trump’s orbit knew about the emails before they were released by WikiLeaks. Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump who briefly worked on the campaign, has attracted scrutiny for his links to WikiLeaks. Stone has claimed publicly that he communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 campaign, though he maintains that it was done through an intermediary.

    Stone also sent a series of tweets during the campaign that appeared to hint at forthcoming releases of emails from WikiLeaks before they occurred. Still, Stone has denied having advance knowledge of the emails before their release.

    Moreover, court documents released last October indicate that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, was told by a Russia-linked professor that Moscow had “thousands” of emails containing dirt on Hillary Clinton in April 2016 — before WikiLeaks released hacked emails publicly. Papadopoulos is cooperating in Mueller probe.

    On Tuesday, Manigault-Newman would not say whether Stone could have passed Trump information about the WikiLeaks releases, but she said that Mueller has “rightfully” zeroed in on Stone in his probe.

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    Omarosa Manigault Newman Says Trump Uses a Tanning Bed in the White House Every Morning | Yahoo News


    President Donald Trump guzzles Diet Coke and hits the tanning bed on a daily basis, according to claims included in former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman‘s new book.

    Manigault Newman makes the claims in Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, which was released Tuesday amid of flurry of attention from the president.

    The one-time star of The Apprentice makes numerous, controversial claims in Unhingedincluding that sources told her Trump was recorded using the “N-word” on a tape from the reality show, which she has since claimed to have heard herself.

    Among the lighter commentary on the president’s routine, are Manigault Newman’s allegations about his affinity for tanning and soda. Manigault Newman, 44, writes that Trump allegedly tans in the mornings so that he will look good for the rest of the day.

    In fact, she claims, Trump was alone in the room that contains his tanning bed when he now infamously tweeted out made-up word “covfefe.”

    The bed was a point of contention for the president, she says, and led in-part to the firing of Angella Reid, the chief White House usher. According to Manigault Newman, Trump had Reid removed because he thought she mishandled the transportation of his tanning bed to the White House.

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    The Real Omarosa Scandal | POLITICO Magazine

    Bringing a recording device into the Situation Room is an open invitation to foreign hackers. And it speaks to a culture of carelessness in the Trump White House that helps America’s enemies.

    ‘People are terrified’: Trump staffers live in fear of Omarosa’s next tape | POLITICO

    Trump aides are suffering from the same type of psychological warfare that gripped Clinton’s campaign during the WikiLeaks dumps.
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    200 newspapers join Boston Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials

    By Jaclyn Reiss, The Boston Globe


    Around 200 news publications across the United States have committed to a Boston Globe-coordinated effort to run editorials Thursday promoting the freedom of the press, in light of President Trump’s frequent attacks on the media.

    Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country have committed to taking a stand in their editorial pages, including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Sun-Times. The list ranges from large metropolitan dailies to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

    The Globe initiative comes amid the president’s repeated verbal attacks on journalists, calling mainstream press organizations “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people.” Tensions came to a boil in early August when CNN reporter Jim Acosta walked out of a press briefing after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders refused to refute Trump’s “enemy of the people” comments.

    The Globe’s request to denounce the “dirty war against the free press” has been promoted by industry groups such as the American Society of News Editors, as well as regional groups like the New England Newspaper and Press Association. The request also suggested editorial boards take a stand against Trump’s words regardless of their politics, or whether they generally editorialized in support of or in opposition to the president’s policies.

    ‘‘Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,’’ the Globe appeal said.

    As of last Friday, 70 newspapers had committed to the initiative. By Tuesday, that number had grown to about 200.

    Pritchard previously said the decision to reach out to newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks. He called the media “fake, fake disgusting news” at an Aug. 2 rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

    ‘‘Whatever happened to the free press? Whatever happened to honest reporting?’’ he asked at the rally, pointing to journalists covering the event. ‘‘They don’t report it. They only make up stories.’’

    Pritchard said she hoped the editorials would make an impression on Americans.

    ‘‘I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,’’ she said. ‘‘We are a free and independent press; it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.’’

    This isn’t the first time the Globe’s opinion board has taken a stand against Trump and his policies. In April 2016, while Trump was still campaigning for president, the Globe’s opinion page ran a scathing editorial in its Sunday edition, accompanied by a satirical front page envisioning an America under a Trump presidency. Trump called the Globe “stupid” and “worthless” that Sunday during a rally in New York.

    The following is a list of news organizations that have committed to running editorials on Aug. 16:

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    America’s Newspapers Just Played Right Into Trump’s Hands | POLITICO Magazine


    Nothing flatters an independent journalist less than the sight of him forming a line to drink from the same fountain as his colleagues. Such a spectacle will unfold on Thursday, August 16, as 200 or more editorial pages will heed the call sounded by Boston Globe op-ed page editor Marjorie Pritchard to run editorials opposing President Donald Trump’s unrelieved press-bashing. Participating dailies include the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, the Denver Post, as well as the Globe. Joining the movement are the American Society of News Editor and the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Dan Rather is on board as is the Radio Television Digital News Association.

    “Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,” Pritchard’s appeal declared.

    It goes without saying that press bashing, Trump-style, is alarming. His critiques rarely point to genuine inaccuracies in the press. Instead, his method is to dismiss any news that impedes his agenda or disparages him as fake and dishonest. With demagogic bluster, he routinely deploys “enemies of the people” rhetoric against journalists, which some say has inspired physical threats against journalists. Early this month, he tweeted that reporters are “dangerous & sick” and accused them of causing war (!) and purposely causing “great division & distrust.” Early in his presidency, Trump said, “I’ve never seen more dishonest media than, frankly, the political media.”

    Most journalists agree that there’s a great need for Trump rebuttals. I’ve written my share. But this Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire: It will provide Trump with the circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened solely to opposes him. When the editorials roll off the press on Thursday, all singing from the same script, Trump will reap enough fresh material to whale on the media for at least a month. His forthcoming speeches almost write themselves: By colluding against me, the fake media proved once and for all, that they are in cahoots with the Democrats and have declared themselves to be my true political opposition …

    The Globe’s anti-Trump project is also an exercise in redundancy, not to mention self-stroking. Most newspapers have already published a multitude of editorials and columns rebuking the president for his trash-talking of the press. Most major editorial boards opposed Trump’s candidacy, according to this tally by Business Insider. The largest of the 19 newspapers to endorse Trump was the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by one of his faithful donors, Sheldon Adelson. More than 240 endorsed Hillary Clinton. Editorial-page sentiment against Trump remains largely unchanged since the election, making the call for a collective reprimand all the more pointless.

    Another problem with a nationally coordinated pro-press catechism is that the audience likely to reap the greatest benefit from the haranguing—Trump and many in his base—tend not to read newspapers in the first place. While there’s always value in preaching to the choir—that’s why churches hold services every Sunday—the combined weight of 200 pro-press editorials is not likely to move the opinion needle or deter Trump from defaming and threatening reporters.

    Most newspaper editorials are already a watered-down product of groupthink. It’s unlikely that expanding the size of the group and encouraging everybody to bake and serve a tuna-fish casserole on the same day will produce editorials that are more interesting and persuasive than the normal fare.

    But maybe I’m wrong. If a single day of pro-press editorials is a good idea for a collective assignment, then maybe newspapers should set aside next Saturday for 200 editorials on tariffs and next Sunday for 200 editorials on global warming and next Monday for 200 editorials on Afghanistan. Surely these issues are as compelling and urgent as press freedom.

    For all its faults, the American press refuses the commands from critics who would have it operate like some monolithic entity. Almost daily, our best newspapers express their independence by rejecting the marching orders issued by corporations, politicians and governments. Editorial pages of America, don’t unite! Think for yourselves! Reject this stupid pro-press assignment!

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  30. Don't Make Republicans Choose Between Bankers And Troops...

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    She hasn’t apologised or explained
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    Omarosa Believes Trump 'Covets' Ivanka and Suspects She 'Exploits His Fixation' to Get Her Way | PEOPLE


    President Donald Trump‘s relationship with his daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka, frequently crosses the line of “appropriate father/daughter behavior,” in the opinion of ousted White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, as recounted in her new book, Unhinged, out Tuesday.

    “As long as I’d known Trump, I’d observed the way he hugs, touches, and kisses Ivanka; the way she calls him Daddy,” Manigault Newman writes. “In my opinion, based on my observations, their relationship goes right up to the line of appropriate father/daughter behavior and jumps right over it. I believe he covets his daughter. It’s uncomfortable to watch them.”

    The former Apprentice contestant, who was fired from her position as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison in December 2017, adds that in Trump’s Apprentice days, “It appeared to me that Ivanka had gotten so used to his touching her in ways that made others cringe and either didn’t notice it anymore or purposefully allowed it to happen.”

    The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

    The president has attacked Manigault Newman on Twitter over other claims she’s made in her tell-all book, including that the president is in “mental decline” and that he can be heard using the “N-word” on an alleged tape recording from before his presidency. (The alleged recording has not been publicly released, but Manigault Newman says she has heard it.)

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also issued a statement saying that the book “is riddled with lies and false accusations,” adding that “it’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration.”

    Trump has raised eyebrows in the past over sexually charged comments he’s made about his daughter. He famously joked during a 2006 appearance on The View, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” And in a 2003 interview with Howard Stern, Trump said his daughter has “the best body.” In another interview, Trump gave the radio host the okay to call Ivanka a “piece of ass.”

    In Unhinged, Manigault Newman describes other alleged incidents where Trump boasted about his daughter’s body and encouraged others to speak about her in sexual terms.

    She claims that during filming of his reality show The Apprentice in 2007, Trump “egged on” contestant and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons after he “leered at” Ivanka’s breasts and called her “sexy.” A rep for Simmons did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

    Manigault Newman says Trump asked Simmons in a room full of other contestants: “What do you think of Ivanka? How’s she doing?”

    “She’s a very, very sexy, desirable young woman who I’m looking forward to getting to know much better if you know what I mean, with all due respect,” Simmons replied, according to Manigault Newman.

    She adds that the other contestants were taken aback by “Donald’s obvious delight” in hearing his daughter being described in such a manner.

    Years later, during a meeting amid Trump’s presidential campaign, Manigault Newman claims the then-candidate “insisted” that the attendees stop everything and admire his daughter in a tight-fitting skirt.

    “Ivanka came into the room wearing a fitted skirt. The entire meeting had to stop so (Trump) could gush about her body,” Manigault Newman alleges ” ‘You look great! I like the way that skirt fits. Doesn’t Ivanka look great?’ He insisted we all agree that his daughter’s tight skirt was very flattering. I thought, ‘Why don’t the two of you just cut it out?’ ” (Because Manigault Newman did not identify any of the other attendees, her account could not be independently confirmed.)

    But Manigault Newman claims that Trump’s alleged inappropriate interest in his daughter is beneficial for Ivanka as well.

    “I believe she exploits his fixation with her to get her way,” Manigault Newman writes, although she provided no examples of Ivanka doing so.


    We read Omarosa’s book so you don’t have to | Quartz

    Trump's Trying To Shut Omarosa Up. Good Luck With That. | HuffPost

    Unlike the nondisclosure agreements Trump used in his business, those he made staffers sign at the White House are almost certainly unenforceable.

    Omarosa Searches Through Tapes Of Everyone Else In White House Using N-Word For One Of Trump | The Onion


    WASHINGTON—Insisting that it had to be in the audio recordings made during her time in the administration, Omarosa Manigault-Newman was frantically searching Tuesday through tapes of everyone else in the White House using the N-word for one of President Trump uttering the racial slur.

    “C’mon, c’mon, I know Trump’s in here somewhere,” said Manigault-Newman as she fast-forwarded through a recording of Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions casually using the racial slur during a conversation in the West Wing. “I’ve got hours of John Kelly dropping N-bombs and a several where Trump is in the room when Bannon yells it, but I haven’t found any of the president yet. One tape seemed promising, but there’s a lot of crosstalk where everybody in the room was saying the N-word over each other, so you can’t make out Trump clearly. Ugh, this is going to take forever.”

    At press time, Manigault-Newman was forced to keep looking after all that turned up so far were two dozen recordings of Trump saying “wetback” and “dune coon.”
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  33. The US Treasury Department retweeted a Trump tweet congratulating a Republican on winning. It’s since been deleted but
    “The since-deleted retweet may have violated the Hatch Act—the federal law which “limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs.”

  34. “ some on the Senate Intelligence Committee have alleged that the DoT has stymied their efforts to track money related to Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
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    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Aug 13
    While I know it’s “not presidential” to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!

    John O. Brennan‏ @JohnBrennan Aug 13
    John O. Brennan Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    You’re absolutely right. If you were “presidential,” you would focus on healing the rifts within our Nation, being truthful about the challenges we face, & showing the world that America is still that shining beacon of freedom, liberty, prosperity, & goodness that welcomes all.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Aug 14
    When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!

    John O. Brennan @JohnBrennan Aug 14
    John O. Brennan Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation.

    White House says Trump has revoked former CIA director's security clearance | CNN
    • Press secretary Sarah Sanders holds a White House press briefing.
    • The news: Sanders just announced Trump had revoked ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.
    • The context: It comes a day after a briefing in which Sanders said she couldn't guarantee whether Trump said the n-word on tape, and apologized for an incorrect claim about his jobs creation among African Americans.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who just announced that President Trump is revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, said the President is also looking at the possibility of revoking more former officials' security clearances.

    Trump is considering revoking these former officials' security clearances, too
    • James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence
    • James Comey, former FBI director (who was fired by Trump)
    • Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency
    • Sally Yates, former US deputy attorney general
    • Susan Rice, former United States national security advisor
    • Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI
    • Peter Strzok, former FBI agent
    • Lisa Page, former lawyer for the FBI
    • Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general
    Asked by a reporter if today's announcement was simply the President getting back at his critics and penalizing them for being critical on television, Sanders said, "Not at all."

    "The President has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information, and who has access to it. And that's what he is doing, is fulfilling that responsibility and this action. This is actually specific to Mr. Brennan, and the others are currently under review," she said.


    How Trump justified revoking ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, quoting a statement by President Trump, outlined the reasons why President Trump felt he needed to revoke ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.

    "First, at this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior," Trump claimed.

    "Second, that conduct and behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility."

    One specific example Trump cited in his announcement, according to Sarah Sanders, was the CIA's infiltration of Senate computers during Brennan's time at the helm of the CIA.

    Brennan has “recently leveraged his status” as a former official to “make a series of unfounded allegations” about the administrations, which she called “increasingly frenzied commentary.”

    She continued, “Such access is particularly inappropriate when such officials have transitioned into highly political positions.

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    NBC News‏ @NBCNews 4 hours ago
    BREAKING: President Trump is revoking former CIA Director and high-profile Trump critic John Brennan's security clearance, White House says.

    John O. Brennan‏ @JohnBrennan 2 hours ago
    John O. Brennan Retweeted NBC News
    This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.
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