The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Scientology whore Pam Bondi being a Fox whore and a Trump whore

    Donald Trump's Love Child Story is About to Go Public

    Trump's Awkward Phone Call With President Of Mexico

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    It’s primary day in Florida, and here’s how Scientology will be voting

    By Tony Ortega, August 28, 2018


    Today voters in Florida will be casting ballots in local elections and party primaries, and just in time we have your Scientology Voters Guide!

    We’ve pointed out in the past that Scientologists tend to lean right, and there’s simply no doubt that they receive instructions for how to vote in specific races. Proof of that was pretty dramatically demonstrated by the Los Angeles Times, which found that the only precinct in Los Angeles to go for Donald Trump was the one that includes Scientology’s “Big Blue” headquarters.

    We’ve also found examples where Scientologists were told how to vote in Clearwater, Florida — the other place, other than Los Angeles, where there are enough Scientologists to make an impact on local races.

    This time, it was Pat Clouden who sent the word out on how to vote in today’s elections. Clouden’s name often pops up in Scientology fliers and initiatives cited here and at Mike Rinder’s website. He’s been involved in Scientology since 1975, and he’s a big donor after striking it rich in Florida’s energy deregulation, like other wealthy church members.

    So here’s who Scientologists in Clearwater have been urged to vote for, according to Pat:

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    Trump wakes up complaining about negative Google search results about himself. ‘Illegal?’ |

    By Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post


    President Trump arose before dawn Tuesday complaining about Google search results for “Trump News.”

    In a pair of tweets posted before 6 a.m., the president said the results included only “the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media.” He hadn’t corrected the typo within about an hour.

    Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of...
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018

    ....results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018

    Google search results are affected not only by region but also by personal search history. It was unclear whether the president had Googled himself, or whether he was referring to a recent piece in PJ Media, a conservative blog, alleging that 96 percent of Google search results for news about Trump were from “left-leaning news outlets.” His accusations appeared to mirror those in the Aug. 25 piece.

    “Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump?” asked Paula Bolyard, the “supervising editor” of the site, who describes herself on Twitter as a Christian, a constitutional conservative and a “Cultural nonconformist.”

    She said she searched “Trump” on Google News and weighed the results using a media bias chart developed by Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS News correspondent. Bolyard said left-leaning outlets accounted for 96 percent of the results, with CNN stories making up “nearly 29 percent of the total.” She said she performed the search several times using different computers, and the results did not differ considerably.

    But nowhere did the editor and blogger reckon with the fact that the sheer volume of content produced by different outlets plays a major role in determining the share of results they claim. She did, however, acknowledge that her methods are “not scientific.”

    Trump, for his part, gave only one specific example, saying “Fake CNN is prominent.” But he concluded, “they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.” Conservative media, he claimed, is “shut out.”

    “Illegal?” he speculated, going on to accuse Google of “controlling what we can & cannot see.” He promised the “very serious situation” would be “addressed,” but didn’t give specifics.

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    Trump’s economic adviser: ‘We’re taking a look’ at whether Google searches should be regulated | The Washington Post

    A short investigation into Trump’s tweets on ‘RIGGED’ Google results about himself | The Washington Post
  5. Google must be quaking in its boots at the thought of the big orange Cheeto addressing the matter.
    Or laughing like a bloody drain at the thought.
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    Google responds to Trump: Denies favoring ideologies in search results | TheHill


    Google on Tuesday responded to President Trump's early-morning tirade against the search giant, denying that its algorithms favor liberal media outlets over right-wing ones.

    The tech giant said that it does not bias its "results toward any political ideology."

    "When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

    "Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology," the statement continues. "Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users' queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment."

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  7. UN Blames Republicans For America's Growing Poverty

    Florida Taxpayers Cover Cost Of Republican Attorney General’s Fox News Audition

    Chris Cuomo: Trump looked like a loser

  8. Something's definitely wrong here - Trump is 100% Bad News.

    I herd he's planning a follow-up to his previous ghost-written book - it's to be called 'The Art of the Plea Deal'.
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    Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down

    By Amy Chozick, Vogue

    Excerpt 1:

    “How many details can you really give about two minutes?” she says. Two minutes? I ask. “Maybe. I’m being generous.”

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    Part of what has made Daniels such an effective adversary to Trump is that she seemingly can’t be humiliated or scandalized. She doesn’t have a carefully crafted image or a political base to maintain. Threaten to leak her sex tape? “I’ll leak all of them, and you can have as many as you want for $29.95,” she says.

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    Daniels even tiptoed into the mainstream, with cameos in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and a 2007 Maroon 5 video. She says she’d always had an interest in politics, loosely basing her most famous adult film, the irreverent, slapstick title Operation: Desert Stormy, on the first Gulf War. And in 2009, Daniels even explored a run for the U.S. Senate to replace Republican David Vitter after he was connected to a Washington, D.C., prostitution ring. Her slogan: “Screwing People Honestly.”

    DANIEL’S ALLEGED AFFAIR with Trump—and even the payoff—wasn’t a secret in her circles. “We made fun of her because she took so little money,” says Roberts, who’d known for years about the weekend Daniels met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. Daniels told me it was “morbid curiosity”—a continuation of her penchant for strip-club anthropology—that prompted her to go to Trump’s hotel suite. In Trump, Daniels said, she saw someone who “had sort of lost touch. He’d created this character and then became it.” But Trump wasn’t a bad conversationalist. He asked if adult-film stars get royalties and residuals. Was there a union? He was shocked when Daniels told him she and her cohort didn’t get any of the benefits afforded to mainstream Hollywood actors. “Businessmen like to talk about business,” Daniels says. “The questions were good.” When she came out of the bathroom, “he was in his underwear and his shirt and he was like, ‘Heeey . . . ’ and I was like. . . .” Another roll of her blue eyes. “It was just normal-people sex.”

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    Our interview is almost over, but I have a nagging question left to ask. She’s always insisted the sex was consensual and that her story has nothing to do with the #MeToo movement. But ever since I watched Daniels tell Anderson Cooper that she felt a sense of obligation to Trump (“I had it coming for making a bad decision for going to someone’s room alone,” she said), I’ve wondered why she didn’t just leave. Did Trump do something that made her feel like she had to have sex with him? Daniels is emphatic. “No, nothing,” she says. “Not once did I ever feel like I was in any sort of physical danger. I’m sure if I would’ve taken off running, he wouldn’t have given chase. And even if I had, there’s no way he could’ve caught me.” Avenatti laughs in the background at this. Then Daniels says, “He’s even less likely to catch me now.”

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  10. Trump doesn’t use a computer, he calls his iPad “the flat one”
    If you google “idiot” 2 out of the 4 top hits are Trump
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    Puerto Rico's new Hurricane Maria death toll is 46 times higher than the government's previous count | CNN


    Puerto Rico's government raised its official Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 on Tuesday in the wake of a new estimate from researchers.

    The new figure is 46 times larger than the previous toll the Puerto Rican government released in December 2017, when officials said 64 people had died as a result of the storm.

    It comes on the same day researchers from George Washington University revealed findings from a study on storm-related deaths commissioned by the US commonwealth's government.


    Among the study's conclusions: Officials did nothing to respond to public criticisms and concerns about political motivations that surged when the official tally of deaths jumped from 16 to 34 shortly after President Trump visited and praised how low the storm's death toll had been.

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    Trump warns evangelicals of 'violence' if GOP loses in the midterms | CNN


    President Donald Trump, facing scrutiny for hush money payments to a porn star and a former Playboy model, pleaded with evangelical leaders for political help during closed-door remarks on Monday, warning of dire consequences to their congregations should Republicans lose in November's midterm elections.

    "This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it's a referendum on your religion, it's a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It's a referendum on so much," Trump told the assemblage of pastors and other Christian leaders gathered in the State Dining Room, according to a recording from people in the room.

    "It's not a question of like or dislike, it's a question that they will overturn everything that we've done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. When you look at Antifa -- these are violent people," Trump said, describing what would happen should his voters fail to cast ballots. "You have tremendous power. You were saying, in this room, you have people who preach to almost 200 million people. Depending on which Sunday we're talking about."

    Evangelicals have provided a solid block of support for Trump, even amid the scandals involving alleged sexual affairs. After news of those purported encounters emerged, his standing among white evangelicals did not slip. But inviting the leaders to the White House only days after the President was newly implicated by his longtime personal lawyer's guilty plea underscored the degree to which Trump is trying to keep his supporters on his side.

    "You have to hopefully get out and get people to support us," Trump said. "If you don't, that will be the beginning of ending everything that you've gotten."

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    Jim Bakker Won't Wear A Trump Hat For Fear Of 'Being Murdered In The Street' | Right Wing Watch News

    "Right Wing Watch reports on the extreme rhetoric and activities of key right-wing figures and organizations by showing their views in their own words. In this clip, Jim Bakker complains that he cannot even wear a Trump hat in public out of fear that he'll be "murdered in the street."

    Author: Pence thinks God is 'calling' him to be president | CNN

    "In a new book, co-author Michael D'Antonio says Vice President Mike Pence imagines he is closer to taking over the Oval Office each day."
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  13. I want Trump gone but his replacement is a scary crazy bigot. The only hope is that he doesn’t have the cult of personality that Trump does.
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    'History Will Record The Greatness That You Have Brought For Generations,' Religious Right Leaders Tell Trump | Right Wing Watch


    Less than a week after President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, admitted to illegally paying off multiple women in an effort to conceal Trump’s adulterous affairs, several dozen Religious Right leaders gathered at the White House last night for what CBN’s David Brody described as “a huge state-like dinner.”

    The purpose of the event was essentially to celebrate the mutually beneficial relationship in which evangelical leaders blindly support the president and refuse to criticize anything he says or does and, in return, Trump enacts their right-wing political agenda, as he pretty much admitted during the remarks he delivered before dinner.

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    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Don McGahn will leave his job as White House counsel this fall following Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

    Ru Rho the new John Dean
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    Michael Cohen is resigned to going to prison to protect his family | CNN

    Excerpt: Cohen waits for his sentencing hearing set for December, a source familiar with his thinking says "resignation" would be a fitting word to describe the 52-year-old's mindset -- acceptance that he is headed to prison in order to protect his family.

    "He's very resigned to doing the time. He's resigned to the fact that he's going to go to jail for some time," the person said, adding that Cohen does not believe he will receive a presidential pardon from Trump.

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  18. Bernie Sanders Doesn't Care What The Establishment Thinks

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    ‘Winter is coming’: Allies fear Trump isn’t prepared for gathering legal storm | The Washington Post


    President Trump’s advisers and allies are increasingly worried that he has neither the staff nor the strategy to protect himself from a possible Democratic takeover of the House, which would empower the opposition party to shower the administration with subpoenas or even pursue impeachment charges.

    Within Trump’s orbit, there is consensus that his current legal team is not equipped to effectively navigate an onslaught of congressional demands, and there has been broad discussion about bringing on new lawyers experienced in white-collar defense and political scandals.


    “Winter is coming,” said one Trump ally in close communication with the White House. “Assuming Democrats win the House, which we all believe is a very strong likelihood, the White House will be under siege. But it’s like tumbleweeds rolling down the halls over there. Nobody’s prepared for war.”

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    Democrats Are Going To Get Trump’s Tax Returns If They Win The House | HuffPost

    “You’re damn right,” one Democrat said.
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  20. America is the poorest richest nation on earth

    40 % poor woking slaves
  21. So where is your middle class gone Murrica ? Even a homeless person in my country recieves healthcare where you let them die in the street and walk past them.

  22. Sorry, KKS. To clarify, my post was referring to 21st Century Paul Revere's nonsense, and not to your post.
  23. Do not say sorry, Paul Revere is an American Hero

    You can and may slap me silly, But I take your apolagy in dearment for I know whom it is comming from.


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    Alex Jones claims he's behind President Trump's conspiracy theory that Google result are biased against conservatives

    By Denis Slattery, New York Daily News


    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he’s advising President Trump in his war against social media companies and the world’s most popular search engine.

    Trump has attacked Google in recent days, alleging that the tech giant is biased against conservatives.
    Jones released a video Wednesday backing Trump’s baseless assertions and claimed that he has the President’s ear on the issue.

    “We advise the President, we’ve got all the documents, we’ve got the proof, other people are scared to tell him what’s going on,” Jones said in the clip posted to Twitter.

    Jones — who hosts a right wing radio show and has used his platform to falsely allege that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax — was booted from a number of social media platforms in recent weeks due to his hateful rhetoric.

    Trump took to Twitter to knock Google earlier in the week, alleging that “results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media.”

    “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Illegal?” he added.

    Yes, Alex Jones / Infowars Are Advising President Trump On Striking Back Against Internet Censorship
    — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 28, 2018

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    NYT: Trump tried to buy, bury decades of dirt from National Enquirer | CNN


    President Donald Trump sought to buy all the dirt on him collected by the tabloid National Enquirer and its parent company American Media Inc., according to a new report.

    Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen devised a plan to purchase potentially damaging stories about Trump from AMI, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing several of Trump's associates.

    The plan was never finalized, according to the Times. Lawyers for Trump and Cohen declined to comment to the newspaper, as did AMI.

    The information gathered on Trump dating back to the 1980s includes older stories and notes about Trump's marital woes, lawsuits and tips about alleged affairs, among other things, according to the Times.

    Last week, Jerry George, the former Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the National Enquirer, told CNN's Erica Hill on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that American Media head David Pecker kept a safe in which he held "particularly sensitive story files," including source agreements and contracts.

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    Donald Trump just keeps claiming things he said on tape aren't real

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN


    On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump claimed a taped interview with NBC's Lester Holt in 2017 was somehow doctored to make him look bad.

    As part of a broader attack on the so-called "fake news," Trump tweeted this: "When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!."

    The reference is to a May 2017 interview between Trump and Holt in the days following Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. The Trump White House has insisted that Comey was let go because of a memo penned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laying out the various ways that the then-FBI director violated bureau policy with the way he acted during the 2016 election between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

    Which is why it's notable that Trump said this under questioning from Holt:

    TRUMP: "Oh, I was gonna fire regardless of recommendation --"

    HOLT: "So there was --"

    TRUMP: "He made -- he made a recommendation, he's highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy, uh, the Democrats like him, the Republicans like him, uh, he made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story."

    The reason we know about that exchange is because NBC put out a transcript of the interview shortly after it happened. And released video of the extended interview -- 13-ish minutes -- between the two.

    It's not clear what Trump is alleging about NBC and the tape of his interview -- which is, of course, intentional. Saying that the news network was "fudging" the tape is vague enough that the conspiracy theorists who want to believe Trump is "onto something" can do so. If Trump was forced to make an actual allegation about how NBC actually changed the tape [narrator voice: they didn't] the ridiculousness of his assertion would be plainly on display for all to see.

    Look, don't believe me? Watch the tape. See if there is ANY evidence that the exchange above is in any way, shape or form has been altered at all by NBC. I've watched it 20-plus times. There is ZERO evidence of any doctoring.

    Then, use your rational brain. And ask your brain these questions:

    1) Would NBC really risk its credibility by "fudging" a taped interview between the President of the United States and its lead nightly news anchor?

    2) If Trump had actual evidence (he doesn't) of a major broadcast network changing the nature of an answer he gave on something as consequential as the firing of Comey, why would he wait for 15 months to break that news? (He wouldn't, of course.)

    What Trump is doing here with NBC isn't new. Remember that more than a year after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which he was heard making a series of inappropriate remarks about women, Trump told at least one senator that he wasn't sure it was even his voice on that tape. (Worth remembering: He apologized for using "locker room" language in the tape when it was initially revealed.)

    This is all of a piece with Trump's famous/infamous remark in a VFW speech last month in Kansas City: "Stick with us. Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. ... What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."

    That is a truly remarkable statement. It's almost as if Trump, having convinced his supporters that everyone but him is a liar, is now trying to push the envelope even further: To persuade them that what they see and hear with their own eyes and ears isn't true.

    What else could explain an attempt to discredit actual video evidence? Video/audio of you saying or doing things feels like the last frontier in Trump's assault on truth. It seems insane to argue that what you can see and hear is wrong or has been doctored in some meaningful way. It seems doubly insane to make that case when you offer zero proof other than vague references to how the tape was changed.

    And yet, here we are. This is what happens when you elect someone whose entire political reason for being began in a conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama not being born in the United States. And when you allow someone to substitute opinions for facts. And when you stop believing that there is even such a thing as objective truth or non-alternative facts.

    Questioning the legitimacy of video proof of his own mistakes is the logical next step of the weaponizing of untruth that Trump has pursued since he became a candidate for president in 2015. (And, in truth, long before he was an actual, announced candidate for president.) No one should be surprised. Everyone should be concerned.

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    California man charged with threatening Boston Globe reporters he called 'enemy of the people'

    By Rebecca Morin, POLITICO


    A California man was arrested Thursday for making violent threats to The Boston Globe, including threatening to shoot the newspaper's employees and calling them the "enemy of the people."

    It was the clearest example yet of someone using President Donald Trump's insults to target journalists.

    Robert Chain of Encino, California, was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to the Department of Justice. Chain threatened Globe reporters after the newspaper called on other media organizations across the nation to rebuke Trump's rhetoric toward the media.

    Chain, 86, will appear in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon and will be transferred to Boston at a later date, the DOJ said.

    More than 350 news outlets published editorials on Aug. 16, denouncing the president's rhetoric toward the press.

    Chain, who made about 14 threatening phone calls from Aug. 10 to Aug. 22, referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees, the Justice Department said.

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Trump has consistently railed against the media, labeling outlets and reporters as "fake news" when they publish reporting critical of him or his administration. In addition, animosity toward the press at Trump's rallies has spiked, with some news organizations hiring private security to protect journalists.

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    Joe Biden: I'm a Democrat and I love John McCain | CNN

    Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Sen. John McCain's funeral service in Arizona, where he described the late senator as a "brother."

    Joe Biden's McCain eulogy just explained exactly what's wrong with American politics

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN


    Here's a paragraph from Joe Biden's eulogy of the late John McCain that you need to read:

    "You know, I'm sure if my former colleagues who work with John, I'm sure there's people who said to you, not only now, but the last 10 years, 'Explain this guy to me,' right? 'Explain this guy to me.' Because, as they looked at him, in one sense they admired him. In one sense, the way things changed so much in America, they look at him as if John came from another age, lived by a different code, an ancient, antiquated code where honor, courage, integrity, duty, were alive. That was obvious, how John lived his life. The truth is, John's code was ageless, is ageless. When you talked earlier, Grant, you talked about values. It wasn't about politics with John. He could disagree on substance, but the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was, come to a different conclusion. He'd part company with you if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself."

    Yes, that is, ostensibly, about McCain. But it is also an indictment of our current politics -- and a road map on how we can fix what's broken.

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    John McCain Sounds the Alarm on Trump and Russia in New Documentary ‘Active Measures’


    Active Measures, a new documentary from director Jack Bryan, would be timely even without the presence of John McCain. And yet the senator, who died of brain cancer less than a week before this film’s August 31st release, adds an additional dose of relevance and urgency to its central thesis: that President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are far more intertwined than you know.

    “The fact that there was an attack on the fundamental—the absolute fundamental—a free and fair election, should alarm all of us,” McCain says in the exclusive clip below. He’s referring to the reports from August of 2016 that Russian hackers were targeting voter registration databases in states like Arizona.

    “This really spooked officials in the White House,” Michael Isikoff, the chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo News, adds. “And that’s the moment, I think, that the enormity of the Russian influence campaign really started to hit home.”

    Along with McCain, the documentary is populated with talking heads like Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and others who express concern over both what happened during the 2016 election and what could take place in future elections.

    But it is the many connections between Donald Trump and Russia that dominate the bulk of the film. As the first frame explains, “active measures” is a Soviet term for the “actions of political warfare conducted by the Russian security services to influence the course of world events.” Just as New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait recently made the case that Trump may have been a Russian “asset” since 1987, director Jack Bryan spends nearly two hours arguing that Russia had been cultivating Trump years before he became a realistic presidential candidate.

    “The Russians have a particular type of mark who they go after,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says early in the film. “They go after someone who has business resources, perhaps some shady morals so they are amenable to bribery. Or perhaps they’re in a difficult financial situation or has either political connections or aspirations.” After a dramatic pause, he adds, “I’ve just described Donald Trump.”

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    Rudy Giuliani Is Putting Together a ‘Counter-Report’ to Question Robert Mueller’s ‘Legitimacy’

    It’s being done with the explicit blessing of Trump who is ‘happy’ that this is part of his legal team’s ‘strategy,’ the president’s lawyer says.

    By Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast


    President Donald Trump’s legal team is crafting a “counter-report” that will seek to delegitimize Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and present countervailing arguments.

    Trump’s personal attorney, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, told The Daily Beast in an interview on Thursday that part of his report would examine whether the “initiation of the investigation was… legitimate or not.”

    According to Giuliani, the bulk of the report will be divided into two sections. One section will seek to question the legitimacy of the Mueller probe generally by alleging “possible conflicts” of interest by federal law enforcement authorities. The other section will respond to more substantive allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian government agents to sway the 2016 election, and obstruction of justice allegations stemming from, among other things, the president’s firing of former FBI director James Comey.

    Though this latter section will focus on the meat of Mueller’s investigation, Giuliani acknowledged that he doesn’t actually know what Mueller’s findings will look like, making the act of putting a counter-report together a bit more challenging.

    “Since we have to guess what it is, [our report so far] is quite voluminous,” Giuliani said, claiming that he would spend much of this weekend “paring it down” and that he was editing the document created by the “whole team.”

    “The first half of it is 58 pages, and second half isn't done yet… It needs an executive summary if it goes over a hundred,” he added. Giuliani also indicated that most of what’s being put together by him and his Trump-defending colleagues currently can already be found on Google.

    Giuliani said that Trump’s legal team had not conducted any original interviews or investigation for their current draft.

    “I don’t think there's anything in it that isn't publicly available in some form or another,” he continued. “There is no [secret] grand jury material here… It'll be our report, put out on... personal stationary, and it would be in response to their report… We may have to use it in court, or [send to] Congress.”

    Giuliani also mentioned that Trump’s legal team is considering devoting a section of the report to revelations surrounding former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last week to a number of federal crimes, including campaign finance violations in which he directly implicated the president.

    Glenn Kirschner, a retired federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., said it was highly unusual for a rebuttal report to be authored by lawyers for potential subjects of an investigation, and virtually unheard of for it to be put together prior to the investigation’s findings being made public.

    “This sounds to me like pure PR nonsense,” Kirschner said. “They are making an announcement that they will issue a rebuttal to a report that we don’t know when it is coming out or what it will contain.”

    Kirschner said he believed the entire exercise was being done for the purposes of trying to “poison the well” for Mueller, as there was virtually zero likelihood that Giuliani and others would admit to any wrongdoing on the part of Trump.

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    Trump’s Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime

    Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and the FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.

    By Natasha Bertrand, The Atlantic


    Bruce Ohr. Lisa Page. Andrew Weissmann. Andrew McCabe. President Donald Trump has relentlessly attacked these FBI and Justice Department officials as dishonest “Democrats” engaged in a partisan “witch hunt” led by the special counsel determined to tie his campaign to Russia. But Trump’s attacks have also served to highlight another thread among these officials and others who have investigated his campaign: their extensive experience in probing money laundering and organized crime, particularly as they pertain to Russia.

    As Trump praised and defended Russian President Vladimir Putin along the campaign trail, financial analysts and money-laundering experts questioned whether the real-estate mogul had any financial incentives—including business ties or outstanding debt—to seek better relations with Moscow. Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed in May 2017 to investigate a potential conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, assembled a team with revealing expertise in fraud, racketeering, money laundering, and other financial crimes.

    Trump’s latest obsession is with Bruce Ohr, a career Justice Department official who spent years investigating Russian organized crime and corruption—an expertise he shared with another Trump target named Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence operative who provided valuable intelligence on Russia to the State Department and the FBI’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force prior to authoring the Trump-Russia dossier in 2016. Ohr and Steele met in 2007, according to The New York Times, and stayed in touch as a result of their shared interests and mutual respect. Trump has tweeted about Ohr nearly a dozen times this month alone, complaining about his relationship with Steele and Ohr’s wife’s past work for Fusion GPS—the opposition-research firm that hired Steele in 2016 to research Trump’s Russia ties.

    “How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department?” Trump wroteon Thursday. “Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!”

    Trump’s fixation with seeing Ohr ousted from the Justice Department could be perceived as yet another attempt to undermine the credibility of the people who have investigated him. It could also be interpreted as an attack on someone with deep knowledge of the shady characters Trump and his cohort have been linked to, including Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob boss, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate close to Putin who did business with Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Incidentally, another Manafort associate, the Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, admitted that he only managed to be in business because Mogilevich allowed him to be, according to a leaked 2008 State Department cable.) Ohr was involved in banning Deripaska from the U.S. in 2006, due to his alleged ties to organized crime and fear that he would try to launder money into American real estate. Nearly a decade later, Ohr and the FBI sought Deripaska’s help in taking down overseas criminal syndicates.

    And then there’s Andy McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who spent more than a decade investigating Russian organized crime and served as a supervisory special agent of a task force that scrutinized Eurasian crime syndicates. McCabe is a 21-year FBI veteran who handled aspects of the Russia investigation until Mueller was appointed last May, an appointment McCabe says he pushed for. He was fired in March, just two days short of being eligible to receive his pension and other benefits from the bureau. The official reason was that he had lacked candor when describing his interactions with the press to the Office of the Inspector General. But Trump and his allies’ relentless attacks on McCabe on Twitter and cable news made it difficult for many to believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision to fire him was completely devoid of political considerations.

    One member of Mueller’s team, meanwhile, has provoked more ire from the president’s allies than others: Andrew Weissmann, a seasoned prosecutor who oversaw cases against high-ranking organized criminals on Wall Street in the early 1990s and, later, against 30 people implicated in the Enron fraud scandal. Trump has also villainized the former Mueller team member Lisa Page, a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s organized-crime section whose cases centered on international organized crime and money laundering. She has been targeted by the president and his allies for mocking Trump in text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, a Russian counterintelligence expert in the FBI, during a period in which both briefly worked on the Mueller investigation. Strzok was fired earlier this month for writing similarly caustic messages. Trump says the texts showed outrageous bias and has cited them as evidence that Mueller is out to get him.

    Mueller’s probe is first and foremost a counterintelligence investigation, and Trump famously declared last year that any examination of his personal finances would cross a “red line.” But Russia’s criminal syndicates have become increasingly intertwined with its intelligence services, blurring the line between Mafia dons and spies. (As the Russia expert Mark Galeotti wrote in his book The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia, Putin’s Kremlin has consolidated power by “not simply taming, but absorbing, the underworld.”)

    The president has denied having any business ties to Russia, and his dream of building a Trump Tower Moscow never materialized. But his links to Russian oligarchs and mobsters from the former Soviet Union have been documented: Millions of dollars from the former Soviet Union flowed into Trump’s developments and casinos throughout the 1990s, as the journalist Craig Unger has documented, as oligarchs looked for a place to hide their money in the West. The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was once known as a hot spot for Brooklyn mobsters associated with the Russian Mafia, and quickly became the “favorite East Coast destination” of the top Russian mob boss Vyacheslav Ivankov, according to the 2000 book Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America. It was also repeatedly cited by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for having inadequate money-laundering controls.

    By the early 2000s, a third of the buyers of Trump Tower’s most expensive condos were Russia-linked shell companies or individuals from the former Soviet Union—including Eduard Nektalov, a mob-connected diamond dealer from Uzbekistan, and David Bogatin, a Russian-émigré mobster who specialized in bootlegging gasoline. Bogatin’s brother was involved in an elaborate stock fraud with the top Russian mob boss Mogilevich, who himself is allied with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov—another Russian mob leader who ran an entire gambling and money-laundering network out of Unit 63A in Trump Tower, just three floors below Trump’s own residence. (Tokhtakhounov was a VIP attendee at Trump’s Miss Universe pageant in Moscow just seven months after the gambling ring was busted by the FBI.) Trump’s own sons have boasted of the Trump Organization’s dependence on Russian money. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Donald Trump Jr. said in 2008. “We don’t rely on American banks,” Eric Trump reportedly told a golfing buddy in 2014. “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

    Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen—who pleaded guilty last week to tax fraud and campaign-finance violations, in which he implicated the president—once bragged that he was part of the Russian mob, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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    Striking photo shows a member of Trump's entourage blocking a news photographer's camera lens during Indiana rally

    • One of President Donald Trump's volunteer staffers blocked a news photographer's camera lens as the journalist tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Evansville, Indiana.
    • Protesters interrupted the event several times on Thursday night.
    • Trump railed against the news media, as he is known to do at the typically raucous campaign events.
    • "And now tomorrow, you're gonna read headlines, 'Trump had protesters all over the place,'" Trump said during his speech, after a protester interrupted him and was escorted out.
    • "One person, major protest. But are they going to talk about the thousands and thousands of people inside of this arena and outside of the arena where we put screens? No."

    Trump Aide Physically Blocks Photographer From Taking Picture of Demonstrator at Rally | Alternet

    The president's team is trying to censor images from his campaign rally in Indiana.

    FBI refutes Trump claim that Clinton’s private email server was hacked by China

    After Trump says China "hacked" Clinton's server, FBI says no evidence suggests that.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a terse statement today regarding President Donald J. Trump's allegation via Twitter that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private mail server had been compromised by the Chinese government. The official statement, issued by an FBI spokesperson in response to an inquiry by NBC News, simply read, "The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised"—referring to the three email servers used by Clinton during and after her tenure at the US State Department.
    Just after midnight this morning—apparently in response to a Daily Caller article—Trump tweeted:
    Donald J. Trump


    Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!
    5:11 AM - Aug 29, 2018
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    A June report from the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General noted that the FBI had found no evidence of any compromise of Clinton's mail servers—though full forensic analysis of the servers wasn't possible, because one (an Apple server) had been disposed of by the time of the investigation. However, as the OIG report recounted, the FBI's computer forensics agent who was involved in the Clinton email investigation told OIG investigators that:
    ...although he did not believe there was "any way of determining...100%" whether Clinton's servers had been compromised, he felt "fairly confident that there wasn't an intrusion." When asked whether a sophisticated foreign adversary was likely to be able to cover its tracks, he stated, "They could. Yeah. But I, I felt as if we coordinated with the right units at headquarters... for those specific adversaries... And the information that was returned back to me was that there was no indication of a compromise."
    The Daily Caller's claims are linked to statements and questions asked by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) during testimony by (now former) FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok before the House Judiciary Committee. Gohmert referenced a letter from I. Charles McCullough III, the Inspector General of the intelligence community, in which Gohmert said McCullough had described "anomalies" in Clinton emails. They asserted that the anomalies showed all of the emails passing through Clinton's server were being forwarded to an "unauthorized entity" that Gohmert said was "unrelated to Russia." Strzok denied that such information had been passed along to him.
    There is a classified addendum to the Justice OIG report, so the full extent of the evidence considered in the Clinton investigation may not be known for decades.

    Trump's FTC Releases Nearly 500 Pages Of Material On Conflicts Of Interest- And Redacts It All.

    THERE ARE A lot of questions to be asked about Andrew Smith, who was recently installed to head the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Given that Smith previously worked for four years at the law firm Covington & Burling, representing an enormous number of corporate clients, including companies under active investigation by the FTC — including Equifax, Uber, and Facebook — one of those questions is: How will the FTC ensure against conflicts of interest?
    Smith’s financial disclosure form, obtained by Public Citizen, lists his work on behalf of big banks, payday lenders, pawn shops, credit reporting companies, pharmaceutical firms, and perhaps worst of all, the Dallas Cowboys.
    So Public Citizen filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all documents related to Smith’s financial disclosure and potential conflicts of interest, as well as how the agency would ensure Smith’s recusal from matters involving former clients.
    The FOIA request produced 495 pages worth of material, another hint at just how deep the conflicts run — but the pages were almost entirely redacted.
    Virtually no information is exposed in the document release other than the email headers and footers of Smith, his designated agency ethics officer Lorielle Pankey, and a handful of other FTC officials. Also included are copies of a presidential executive order on ethics and a letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., expressing concern about Smith’s appointment; both were already publicly available.
    The FTC repeatedly cites Exemption (b)(5) of the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts “inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency,” to deny Public Citizen access to the records. Other pages employ Exemption (b)(4), protecting “trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person [that is] privileged or confidential.”
    “Rather than release the documents that would show just how he will remove himself from real or perceived conflicts of interests when these companies are investigated by the agency, the FTC has chosen instead to send a mix of documents that quite literally say nothing,” said Remington Gregg, counsel for civil justice and consumer rights at Public Citizen.
    A handful of the communications include stray lines, such as: “I look forward to hearing from you. The FTC’s Ethics Team is here to assist,” or “Here are my answers to your questions.”
    In one of the few readable emails, Samuel Levine, an adviser to FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra (who voted against appointing Smith), asks for a list of Bureau of Consumer Protection matters involving Covington & Burling, Smith’s old firm. Kathleen Benway, the chief of staff for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, replies, “I polled the divisions and regions, and below is the list of matters involving Covington,” but the rest is redacted.


    A screenshot from the Federal Trade Commission FOIA response requested by Public Citizen.

    In other emails, FTC leadership is seen responding to Warren’s letter regarding Smith. Christian White, a deputy in the agency’s Office of General Counsel, writes to Pankey about the Warren letter: “FYI, these Senators can only get information we would give the public, I think.”

    From the looks of the FOIA request, the FTC doesn’t give the public much.

    “To me it’s just a slap in the face of the public,” said Gregg in an interview. “It now raises more questions. What are they hiding?” Public Citizen has made no decisions on whether to contest the FOIA redactions, but is considering its options.
    The FTC did not respond to a request for comment.
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    Former Manafort associate reveals illegal foreign payment to Trump’s inauguration POLITICO

    Samuel Patten also pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent.


    W. Samuel Patten, an associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, admitted on Friday that he paid $50,000 for tickets to President Donald Trump's inauguration for a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch he was representing and another Russian individual.

    The disclosure, included as part of a plea agreement Patten entered into with prosecutors, appears to be the first official confirmation that money from pro-Russian interests was funneled to the Trump inaugural committee in order to help foreigners gain access to events connected to Trump’s January 2017 swearing-in ceremony.

    It is illegal for foreign nationals or foreign entities to contribute to a presidential inaugural committee. Prosecutors revealed in a court filing Friday that Patten paid the money to a “straw purchaser” who was an American to buy the tickets from the inaugural committee without revealing they were actually financed by a foreign individual. The documents contained no suggestion that anyone connected to the inaugural committee was aware of the transaction.

    Patten was not charged in connection with the payment, but pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign lobbyist in the United States for a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party. As part of that arrangement, he agreed to cooperate in various ongoing investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump associates played any role in it.

    Patten’s cooperation with Mueller is a particularly significant development given his relationships with Manafort, Manafort associate Rick Gates – who also worked for the Trump campaign – and Konstantin KIlimnik, a suspected Russian intelligence operative that Manafort and Gates worked with in Ukraine for the political party.

    Patten also passed the money through a company that he ran with Kilimnik, in order to obtain the tickets for his Ukrainian client, who is not named, according to the court documents.

    The case, which is being handled by the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., was referred by Mueller, and one of his top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, was seen at Friday’s plea agreement hearing in D.C. federal court. Patten formally entered his guilty plea before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is also expected to preside over Manafort's upcoming trial on money laundering charges.

    In a Facebook post, Patten appears to announce that he was pleading guilty of failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a felony offense, but gave no indication that his plea agreement was linked in any way to Manafort’s case. Patten also has been a business partner with Kilimnik, lose: a Manafort associate who was indicted along with the former Trump campaign chairman on witness tampering charges in the case before Berman.

    POLITICO could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the post, which it received from a Ukraine-based acquaintance of Patten.

    Federal authorities have disclosed in court documents that they believe Kilimnik was a Russian intelligence operative in 2016, when he was communicating with Manafort and Gates as they worked for Trump’s presidential campaign.

    In Patten’s current case, his company allegedly received more than $1 million for its Ukraine work from 2015 to 2017, and the company contacted officials in Congress and the Executive Branch without properly registering as a foreign agent.

    Regarding the inauguration tickets, "Foreigner B had paid [Patten's company] through a Cypriot account," prosecutors allege. And Patten attended the inauguration with his client. Prosecutors added that Patten appeared to have misled the Senate Intelligence Committee about his effort to procure inauguration tickets funded by a foreign source. The committee, according to prosecutors, sought details about this purchase, as well as Patten's work for a foreign government, but prosecutors say he withheld documents that would have caused concern for the committee.

    "After the interview, PATTEN deleted documents pertinent to his relationships with the above-described foreign principals," prosecutors said.

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  37. Maybe this will be the tipping point ?

  38. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    It just doesn’t tip.
  39. I was too hopefull

    Trump's Racism Becomes Official U.S. Government Policy

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